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Yaritza Eliana Almerco Panizo  

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  • Age: 7
  • Birthday: February 13, 2008
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Peru
  • Center: Antioquia Student Center
  • Child ID: PE5640235
In her home, Yaritza helps by running errands. She lives with her mother. Her mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 2 children in the family.

For fun, Yaritza enjoys playing with dolls. She attends church activities regularly and is in kindergarten where her performance is average.

Your love and support will help Yaritza to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Yaritza lives in the mountainous community of AA HH. Tupac Amaru, Chaupimarca District, home to approximately 8,500 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 Yaritza 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 Yaritza.
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.

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Child's Location: East of Cerro de Pasco

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