Mayela lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for running errands. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother maintains the home. There are 5 children in the family.
Mayela is not presently attending school. Playing with dolls is her favorite activity. She also attends church activities regularly.
Because of your sponsorship, Mayela will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Mayela lives in the mountainous community of AA HH. Tupac Amaru, Chaupimarca District, home to approximately 8,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and tin roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, bread, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include respiratory infections, pneumonia, diarrhea, anemia, tuberculosis, dental cavities, parasites, malnutrition and lead poisoning. Most adults work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $75 per month. This community needs educational materials, electricity, libraries and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Antioquia Student Center to provide Mayela with Bible teaching, medical checkups, nutritious food, hygiene and health education, sports tournaments, field trips, birthday celebrations, homework help, tutoring and a library. The center staff will also provide health education for the parents or guardians of Mayela.
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: East of Cerro de Pasco