In his home, Andy helps by gathering firewood, making beds and running errands. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Andy enjoys soccer, playing with cars and playing ball games. He attends church activities regularly and is in kindergarten where his performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Andy will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Andy lives in the valley community of Sapallanga, home to approximately 13,100 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and tile roofs. The most commonly spoken languages are Spanish and Quechua.
The regional diet consists of maize, chicken, guinea pig, bread, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include allergies, parasites, tuberculosis, malnourishment, bronchitis, diarrhea, fungal infections and respiratory illnesses. Most adults work as subsistence farmers, animal herders or in domestic service and earn the equivalent of $165 per month.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Rescatando Valores Student Center to provide Andy with Bible teaching, hygiene and health education, medical checkups, birthday celebrations, sports, music workshops, academic reinforcement, school supplies and tutoring in Spanish and math. The center staff will also provide evangelism, counseling and nutrition and dental hygiene education for the parents or guardians of Andy.
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: Southeast of Huancayo