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Matias Miguel Aaron Jacinto Alvarez  

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  • Age: 9
  • Birthday: May 13, 2005
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Peru
  • Center: Jesus Divino Maestro Student Center
  • Child ID: PE5230157
    • Waiting: 268 Days for a sponsor.
Matias lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a teacher and his mother maintains the home. Matias works at home running errands. There are 3 children in the family.

For fun, Matias enjoys singing and art. He attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.

Your love and support will help Matias to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Matias lives in the coastal community of Miramar, home to approximately 3,200 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and tin walls. The regional diet consists of maize, fish, cassava, beef and plantains.

Common health problems in this area include malnutrition and intestinal infections. Most adults in Miramar work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $107 per month. This community needs qualified teachers, technological training and access to health care.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Jesus Divino Maestro Student Center to provide Matias with Bible teaching, medical checkups, nutritious food, special celebrations and academic reinforcement. The center staff will also provide meetings, evangelism and parenting education for the parents or guardians of Matias.
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.

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Child's Location: South of Talara

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