They have lived on Mrs. Raimunda’s retirement pension, about U.S.$232 a month, and the sporadic jobs Valdinar gets in town.
“It’s not easy to find a job here,” Valdinar says. “There are not many opportunities, and I don’t have much education. I can’t read, and I am very ashamed of that. Today the only job I can find is cleaning, and I earn no more than U.S.$12 for a cleaning job.”
Thankfully, Valdinar and Mrs. Raimunda have help bringing up energetic Eduardo. With the help of a generous sponsor, Eduardo gets support at the local church’s child development center.
“I like that he goes to the Compassion center,” Mrs. Raimunda says, “because he learns a lot of things there. All the staff take good care of him and encourage him to work to become a responsible person in the future.”
The education assistance, health care and other benefits that Eduardo receives at the center are a huge relief to Valdinar and Mrs. Raimunda. They allow Eduardo to focus on school.