Eduardo lives with his grandfather and his mother. His duties at home include running errands. There are 4 children in the family. His grandfather is not employed and his mother is sometimes employed.
Playing with cars, art and playing ball games are Eduardo's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Eduardo will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Eduardo 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 Eduardo 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 Eduardo.
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