Luz lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother maintains the home. Luz works at home running errands. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Luz participates in church activities. She is also in kindergarten where her performance is average. Playing house, art and playing with dolls are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Luz will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Luz lives in the mountainous community of Comunidad Aparicio Pomares, home to approximately 39,200 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and tin roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include tuberculosis, malnutrition, anemia, pneumonia and parasites. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $113 per month. This community needs qualified teachers, scholastic materials and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Mision Redimidos Student Center to provide Luz with Bible teaching, games, medical checkups, hygiene and health education, birthday celebrations, tutoring, homework help and academic reinforcement. The center staff will also provide parenting education and evangelism for the parents or guardians of Luz.
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: West of Huánuco