Eddy lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include making beds and running errands. There are 3 children in the family. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother maintains the home.
Soccer, playing with cars and hide-and-seek are Eddy's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is above average and he also regularly attends church activities, Vacation Bible School and camp.
Because of your sponsorship, Eddy will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Eddy lives in the mountainous community of Centro Poblado Puentecillos, home to approximately 4,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and tin roofs.
The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, chicken, cassava, beef, plantains, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include respiratory infections, malnutrition, parasites and diarrhea. Most adults work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $169 per month. This community needs clean water, a sewer system, trained teachers, libraries, food and improved roads.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Nueva Generación Student Center to provide Eddy with Bible teaching, nutritious meals, medical checkups, field trips, birthday celebrations, tutoring, a library and job skills workshops. The center staff will also provide marriage enrichment retreats, parenting education and job skills workshops for the parents or guardians of Eddy.
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 Jaén