Darwin lives with his stepfather and his mother. He is responsible for making beds, running errands and cleaning. His stepfather is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother maintains the home.
Playing with cars, bicycling and playing group games are Darwin's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is above average and he also regularly attends church activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Darwin will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Darwin lives in the mountainous community of Chiriaco, home to approximately 4,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood or bamboo walls and tin or thatched roofs.
The regional diet consists of cassava, beef, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include respiratory infections, malnutrition, parasites, anemia and diarrhea. Most adults in Chiriaco are unemployed but some work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $113 per month. This community needs teacher training, libraries, doctors and hospitals.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Misión Vida Student Center to provide Darwin with Bible teaching, medical checkups, dental care, nutritious meals, field trips, birthday celebrations, tutoring, job skills workshops and sports. The center staff will also provide evangelism, couples retreats and parenting education for the parents or guardians of Darwin.
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