Elkin lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include making beds and running errands. His father is sometimes employed and his mother maintains the home.
For fun, Elkin enjoys soccer, playing with cars and hide-and-seek. He attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Elkin will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Elkin lives in the coastal community of Las Palmas, home to approximately 30,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of sand floors, wood, mud or plastic walls and wood or eternit (fiber-cement board) roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, fish, rice, potatoes and wheat. Common health problems in this area include allergies, acute respiratory infections, diarrhea and arthritis. Most adults in Las Palmas work in factories or as fishermen and earn the equivalent of $121 per month. This community needs vocational training and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of El Meson Student Center to provide Elkin with Bible teaching, medical checkups, birthday celebrations, vocational training, hygiene education, counseling, academic support and nutritious food. The center staff will also provide marriage counseling and health education for the parents or guardians of Elkin.
Sprawled along the southern Pacific Ocean, Peru is divided into three regions: the heavily populated coastal plain; the Andes Mountains, where cattle and agriculture predominate; and the humid eastern lowlands, inhabited by isolated Amerindian tribes.
Once part of the vast Incan empire, Peru has emerged from decades of civil strife as a growing economy. Three out of four Peruvians live in cities. Nearly half are Indians and many are mestizo (descended from Spanish and Indian ancestry). Spanish and Quechua are Peru's official languages. The majority of Peruvians are Catholic. Compassion works mostly in the western part of the country along the Pacific Ocean, but also has child development centers in the upper jungle and in some Andean towns in the central and eastern regions.
When Spaniard Francisco Pizarro landed in Peru in 1532, the Incas ruled a vast empire rich in silver and gold, which soon fell to the conquistadors. Spain ruled the area until 1821, when Peru won its independence. Since then, Peru's government has alternated between military and civilian dictators and reform-minded leaders. During the 1970s and 1980s, the country struggled with inflation, a decline in per-capita income, and guerrilla violence. A strong economy and increased stability prevailed in the 1990s, although the government was criticized for human rights violations. The 2006 elections saw the return of former president Alan Garcia who vowed to improve social conditions and maintain fiscal responsibility.
Map of Peru
Child's Location: South of Chimbote