Yhon lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for carrying water, gathering firewood and making beds. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother maintains the home. There are 4 children in the family.
For fun, Yhon enjoys volleyball, walking and playing group games. He attends Vacation Bible School regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Yhon will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Yhon lives in the mountainous community of Caserio Luzpampa-Lajas, home to approximately 18,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and tin roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, guinea pig, potatoes and olluco (a root vegetable). Common health problems in this area include stomach infections, respiratory illnesses and malnutrition. Most adults work on plantations or as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $59 per month. This community needs libraries and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Jesus Luz Del Mundo Student Center to provide Yhon with Bible teaching, medical checkups, health education, nutritious meals, birthday celebrations, sports tournaments, academic reinforcement, homework help and handicraft workshops. The center staff will also provide health and nutrition education and evangelism for the parents or guardians of Yhon.
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 Jaén