Yasmina lives with her father and her mother. Her duties at home include carrying water, gathering firewood and caring for animals. There are 4 children in the family. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother is sometimes employed as a farmer.
For fun, Yasmina enjoys playing house, playing with dolls and hide-and-seek. She attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where her performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Yasmina will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Yasmina lives in the mountainous community of Barrio San Juan, home to approximately 3,700 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and tin roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, bread, rice, potatoes and noodles. Common health problems in this area include respiratory infections, pneumonia, diarrhea, anemia, tuberculosis, cavities, parasites and malnutrition. Most adults in Barrio San Juan work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $45 per month. This community needs scholastic materials, electricity, literacy classes, libraries and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Generacion Bendecida Student Center to provide Yasmina with Bible teaching, health checkups, nutritious food, hygiene education, field trips, special celebrations, sports, tutoring and vocational training. The center staff will also provide health and nutrition education, income generating activities and lectures for the parents or guardians of Yasmina.
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: Northwest of Huánuco