In his home, Luis helps by gathering firewood, caring for animals and washing clothes. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother maintains the home. There are 5 children in the family.
For fun, Luis enjoys soccer, running and playing group games. He attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Luis will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Luis lives in the mountainous community of San Antonio Alto, home to approximately 2,200 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe or mat walls and tile roofs. The primary ethnic group is Spanish and the most commonly spoken language is Acholos.
The regional diet consists of maize, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include parasites, malnutrition, respiratory infections and diarrhea. Most adults in San Antonio Alto work as animal herders or on plantations and earn the equivalent of $44 per month. This community needs tutors, employment opportunities and a drug abuse rehabilitation center.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Jhiré Student Center to provide Luis with Christian teaching, Bible contests, nutritious food, medical checkups, health education, counseling, field trips, sports, special celebrations, tutoring, handicraft and vocational training. The center staff will also provide meetings and illness prevention classes for the parents or guardians of Luis.
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: Northwest of Bambamarca