Oscar lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for making beds. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
Playing with cars and hide-and-seek are Oscar's favorite activities. In kindergarten his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities.
Your love and support will help Oscar to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Oscar lives in the mountainous community of CC.PP Ihuamaca, home to approximately 1,900 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and tin roofs. The regional diet consist of beans, bananas, chicken, rice, potatoes and yucca.
Common health problems in this area include respiratory infections, diarrhea, dengue fever, typhoid fever, anemia, parasites, urinary tract infections and bartonella (bacterial disease). Half of the adults in CC.PP Ihuamaca are unemployed but some work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $77 per month. This community needs libraries, school supplies and stable employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Redimidos por Cristo Student Center to provide Oscar with Bible teaching, medical checkups, nutritious food, self-esteem workshops, birthday celebrations, field trips, tutoring, a library, school supplies and special celebrations. The center staff will also provide counseling for the parents or guardians of Oscar.
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 San Ignacio