Jhon lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include making beds and running errands. There are 2 children in the family. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother maintains the home.
Playing with cars and hide-and-seek are Jhon's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Jhon will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Jhon lives in the jungle community of Soritor, home to approximately 23,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Mestizo and the most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of bananas, chicken and rice. Common health problems in this area include colds, ascariasis (worms), tonsillitis, respiratory infections and pyoderma (skin infections). Most adults in Soritor work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $55 per month. This community needs improved schools, vocational training, literacy programs and stable employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Forhvintes Child Development Center to provide Jhon with Bible teaching, medical checkups, nutritious food, sports, counseling, field trips, birthday celebrations, handicraft classes and tutoring. The center staff will also provide child protection workshops and cooking lessons for the parents or guardians of Jhon.
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: Southwest of Moyobamba