Jorge lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for making beds, running errands and cleaning. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed as a project worker. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Jorge enjoys soccer, art and bicycling. He attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in high school where his performance is average.
Please remember Jorge in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Jorge lives in the coastal community of Pueblo Nuevo, home to approximately 52,100 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, straw mat walls and tin roofs. The regional diet consists of chicken, bread and potatoes.
Common health problems in this area include respiratory infections, diarrhea and skin diseases. Most adults in Pueblo Nuevo work in factories and earn the equivalent of $171 per month. This community has electricity, water and a drainage system but needs paved roads, employment opportunities and qualified teachers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of The Good Shepherd Student Center to provide Jorge with Bible teaching, health and hygiene education, nutritious food, picnics, birthday celebrations, sports, homework help, cultural activities, academic reinforcement and vocational training. The center staff will also provide health and nutrition education, income-generating activities and evangelism for the parents or guardians of Jorge.
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: Northeast of Chincha Alta