Maira lives with her father and her mother. Her duties at home include running errands. There are 4 children in the family. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother maintains the home.
For fun, Maira enjoys playing with dolls. She attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where her performance is average.
Your love and support will help Maira to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Maira lives in the mountainous community of Carhuamayo, home to approximately 10,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, brick walls and tin roofs.
The regional diet consists of bananas, chicken, fish, bread, beef, rice, potatoes and wheat. Common health problems in this area include upper respiratory infections, pneumonia, diarrhea, anemia, tuberculosis, dental cavities, parasites and malnutrition. Most adults in Carhuamayo work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $120 per month. This community needs scholastic materials, electricity, qualified teachers, libraries and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Cristo ama a la Familia Student Center to provide Maira with Bible teaching, health checkups, nutritious food, hygiene education, field trips, special celebrations, sports tournaments, homework help, cultural activities, educational videos and a library. The center staff will also provide health and nutrition education, marriage counseling, income-generating activities and evangelism for the parents or guardians of Maira.
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 Cerro de Pasco