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  • Country: Bolivia
  • D.O.B: August 27, 2015
  • Age: 5

  • Gender: Boy
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  • D.O.B: October 22, 2009
  • Age: 11

  • Gender: Girl
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  • D.O.B: August 30, 2014
  • Age: 6

  • Gender: Boy
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  • D.O.B: September 22, 2016
  • Age: 4

  • Gender: Boy
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Meet Marcos
Marcos is 5 years old and lives in Bolivia.
BO3241239 | Days Waiting: 347
Country: Bolivia
Birthday: August 27, 2015 (5 years old)
Gender: Boy

Marcos lives with his mother and father. Marcos' mother is not employed. Her occupation is: Homemaker. Marcos' father is regularly employed. His occupation is: Unknown. Marcos has a sibling living in the household. Marcos helps with the following duties at home: No Household Duties - Too Young.Marcos' favourite activities and interests include: Art or Drawing.Activities that Marcos enjoys through the church are: Sunday School/Church. At the compassion centre Marcos' favourite activities are: Learning about God. Marcos attends school. He is in the equivalent of kindergarten.Marcos' favourite subject is art. His performance in school is average.Marcos' family lives in the area of Los Mangales in Bolivia.

Marcos's Country Details

Bolivia comprises four geographic regions: the central plateau-or altiplano-in the Andes Mountains, the Lake Titicaca region, the central region's semitropical rain forests, and the hot, humid lowlands of the east.

Bolivia is the least-developed country in South America. Compassion works mainly among the Indian highlanders, who make beautiful handwoven textiles from the wool of alpacas and llamas, animals that also provide milk, meat, and transport. Corn and potatoes are staples of the Indian diet.

Originally part of the Inca empire, Bolivia came under Spanish rule in 1535 after being conquered by Hernando Pizarro. Struggle against Spain began in 1809, and Bolivia won independence in 1825. Until the end of the nineteenth century, there were many coups and short-lived constitutions, with few stable periods in between. The period from 1952 to 1964 was marked by significant economic and social reforms, and a new constitution was adopted in 1967; however, civil unrest continues to dominate Bolivia's politics.

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Compassion’s ministry is focused on what we call holistic child development. This means developing children in all the different aspects of their lives—their minds, bodies and relationships—while giving them the opportunity to hear about and experience the love of Jesus from caring local church staff and volunteers.

How does sponsorship help kids?

Formal and non-formal educational opportunitiesCompassion assists children with their primary school education and gives opportunities to attend secondary school, as well as providing vocational training opportunities and extra-curricular activities such as sports, field trips, music and computer training.
Health care, hygiene training and supplementary foodKids get a healthy snack or meal when they attend program activities, receive regular health check-ups, and learn how to take care of their bodies and form healthy relationships.
The love and support of a local church and the opportunity to hear about Jesus Because Compassion partners with local churches, children are connected to a local Christian community where they have the opportunity to hear the gospel from caring church staff and volunteers.
Personal attention, guidance and loveChildren are cared for and invested in by members of their own communities, who encourage them to discover their unique gifts, passions and abilities. Their sponsors also play an important role in this through their prayers and letters.

How is sponsorship impacted during the COVID-19 crisis?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are empowering the local church to use your sponsorship donations to meet urgent and critical needs of families with children/youth registered in the program. Funds previously used at the child development centres can now be directed as needed to children and their families for necessities like food, clean water, shelter, clothing, household items, and even medical care and trauma counselling. You can learn more about our COVID response and the impact of the pandemic on our program here.

Why do you work with local churches?

Compassion works exclusively with local churches because they can best understand and respond to the challenges in their communities. They are known and trusted by their neighbours and are able to reach those in the greatest need. We equip our local church partners with the resources, training and expertise to help children escape poverty. Each church is empowered to implement the program in a way that meets the specific needs of the children they serve.

Do kids need to be Christian to be in Compassion’s program?

Absolutely not! We encourage children and families of all faiths and backgrounds to register in our programs and would never require or coerce anyone to convert to Christianity.

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At Compassion, we take financial stewardship seriously.

As certified members of the Canadian Council of Christian Charities, Compassion Canada is committed to handling the finances entrusted to us with the utmost integrity. This year, 84.7 per cent of funds were used for program activities benefiting the children we serve, and 15.3 per cent for support services.

Today, children around the world are discovering that poverty doesn’t have to be their future. Help one more do the same by sponsoring with Compassion!