In his home, Diego helps by running errands and cleaning. He lives with his mother. His mother is sometimes employed. There are 2 children in the family.
For fun, Diego enjoys soccer, art and running. He attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Diego will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Diego lives in the mountainous community of District of La Peca, home to approximately 19,000 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 chicken, bread, cassava, beef, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include diarrhea and respiratory infections. Most adults in District of La Peca work as subsistent farmers and earn the equivalent of $111 per month. This community needs literacy classes, technical schools and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Luz y Verdad Child Development Center to provide Diego with medical checkups, nutritious food, birthday celebrations, field trips, sports, camps, handicraft training and music classes. The center staff will also provide schooling and evangelism for the parents or guardians of Diego.
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 Bagua