It seems as though Maryellen just arrived, but we know the Girl of the Year 2016 Lea Clark is waiting in the wings. The books listed on Amazon indicate that Lea travels to Brazil (see our post Brazil, Here We Come). We count a Brazilian girl (human, not doll!) as part of our family, and we hope you can get to know her in the coming year, too.
Fact: Ola’ means “Hi” in Portuguese, the language spoken in Brazil.
We sponsor a Brazilian child through Compassion International. When you hear Brazil do you think of resorts and fabulous beaches? That is a small part of Brazil, but not the whole story. Our Brazilian girl is 7 years old and lives in the Northeast part of Brazil, far from the tourist areas. In the Northeast part of Brazil, housing is commonly a tile roof/mud wall structure with no running water. When intense rains come, the walls can seep water.
Home similar to the one our sponsored child lives in
Fact: The murder rate in this area of Brazil is higher than Detroit, New York City, and Chicago combined.
Our sponsored child can now attend a Compassion-run Center at a local Brazilian church when she is not in school. There she finds a safe place to be a kid! She plays, draws, learns, and receives any medical and dental care. Our sponsored child looks a lot like the cutie in the picture below.
I believe Lea Clark’s story will touch on the Amazon Rainforest. Jane Goodall, the famous primatologist, has said that wherever there is extreme poverty, the natural environment is at great risk as well. Improving living conditions for some helps all of us on the planet!
We write to our sponsored child and the letters are translated into Portuguese. Brianna is our main letter writer, and she provides lots of encouragement. The child can write to us by the same process. In the coming year while we learn about Lea Clark we hope to also introduce you to our Brazilian friend!
Graphics above are from Compassion’s magazine for children. Compassion is Christ-Centered, Based in Local Churches, and looks at each child holistically to improve their opportunities.