Karla lives with her stepfather and her mother. Her duties at home include making beds, running errands and cleaning. There are 2 children in the family. Her stepfather is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer.
For fun, Karla enjoys art, hide-and-seek and playing group games. She attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in primary school where her performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Karla will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Karla lives in the desert community of Oyotun District, Chiclayo Province, Department of Lambayeque, home to approximately 10,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and tin roofs.
The regional diet consists of beans, chicken and beef. Common health problems in this area include respiratory infections, diarrhea, parasites and malnutrition. Most adults work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $227 per month. This community needs qualified teachers, employment opportunities, paved roads, and running water.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Guiding a New Generation with Christ Student Center to provide Karla with Bible teaching, medical checkups, nutritious food, special celebrations, psychological support and tutoring. The center staff will also provide spiritual retreats and special celebrations for the parents or guardians of Karla.
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 Chiclayo