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Yerson Messy Salazar Villanueva  

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  • Age: 6
  • Birthday: June 10, 2008
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Peru
  • Center: Restaurando Vidas Student Center
  • Child ID: PE5770132
    • Waiting: 355 Days for a sponsor.
In his home, Yerson helps by making beds and cleaning. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.

For fun, Yerson enjoys playing with cars and playing ball games. He attends church activities regularly and is in kindergarten where his performance is average.

Your love and support will help Yerson to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Yerson lives in the mountainous community of San Rafael District, home to approximately 12,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and tin roofs.

The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, bread, rice, potatoes and wheat. Common health problems in this area include respiratory illnesses, pneumonia, diarrhea, tuberculosis, anemia, parasites, malnutrition and dental cavities. Most adults work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $75 per month. This community needs electricity, qualified teachers, educational materials, employment opportunities and libraries.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Restaurando Vidas Student Center to provide Yerson with Bible teaching, health checkups, nutritious food, hygiene and health education, field trips, special celebrations, homework help, job training activities and sport competitions. Forty percent of children in this project are not attending school because their families lack the economic resources.
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: South of Huánuco

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Your tax-deductible contribution of just $38 a month connects your child with a loving, church-based Child Sponsorship Program.  

Your support provides:

  • Food and clean water
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  • Most important of all, your sponsored child will hear about Jesus Christ and be encouraged to develop a lifelong relationship with God.

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