Jhennyfer lives with her father and her mother. Her duties at home include making beds and running errands. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer.
For fun, Jhennyfer enjoys hide-and-seek and playing group games. She attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where her performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Jhennyfer will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Jhennyfer lives in the mountainous community of District of Huarango, Province of San Ignacio, Department of Cajamarca, home to approximately 5.200 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and tin roofs.
The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, chicken and rice. Common health problems in this area include respiratory infections, diarrhea, parasites, malnutrition and skin diseases. Most adults work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $192 per month. This community needs qualified teachers, school supplies, employment opportunities, water and a sewer system.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Caritas Felices (Happy Faces) Student Center to provide Jhennyfer with Bible teaching, sports, medical and dental checkups, nutrition education, special celebrations, picnics, homework help, school supplies and academic support. The center staff will also provide health and nutrition education for the parents or guardians of Jhennyfer.
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: North of Jaen