Ester makes her home with her father and her mother. Running errands and cleaning are her household duties. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Ester enjoys playing with dolls and playing group games. She attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in primary school where her performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Ester will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Ester lives in the mountainous community of Puerto Naranjitos, home to approximately 3,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of beans, chicken, bread, cassava (root), beef, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, respiratory infections, dengue, anemia and malnutrition. Most adults in Puerto Naranjitos work as day laborers or subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $97 per month. This community needs trained teachers, schools and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Manantial de Vida Student Center to provide Ester with devotions, hygiene education, service opportunities, sports and tutoring. The center staff will also provide schooling for the parents or guardians of Ester.
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 Bagua Grande