In his home, Erick helps by making beds. He lives with his mother. His mother is sometimes employed as a laborer.
Playing with cars and hide-and-seek are Erick's favorite activities. In kindergarten his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Erick will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Erick lives in the mountainous community of Tacabamba district, Chota Province, Cajamarca Department, home to approximately 13,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and tin or tile roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, anemia and parasites. Most adults are unemployed but some work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $44 per month. This community needs libraries, proper classroom space and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Amigos de Jes£s Student Center to provide Erick with Bible teaching, Bibles, nutritious meals, medical checkups, hygiene education, special celebrations, sports, tutoring and homework help. The center staff will also provide monthly meetings for the parents or guardians of Erick.
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 Chota, Cajamarca