Ines makes her home with her father and her mother. Making beds and running errands 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.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Ines participates in church activities. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Volleyball, art and playing group games are her favorite activities.
Please remember Ines in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Ines lives in the jungle community of Jepelacio, home to approximately 18,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of earth floors, brick walls and cardboard roofs. The primary ethnic group is Mestizo and the most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, chicken, yucca and rice. Common health problems in this area include colds, ascariasis (worms), tonsillitis, respiratory infections and pyoderma (skin infections). Most adults in Jepelacio work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $56 per month. This community needs improved schools, vocational training and stable employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Jesus Ama a los Ninos Child Development Center to provide Ines with Bible teaching, counseling, medical checkups, nutritious food, handicraft classes, tutoring, field trips and special celebrations. The center staff will also provide nutrition workshops for the parents or guardians of Ines.
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 Moyobamba