Paraguay is located in the central region of South America. It is a landlocked country, bordering Argentina, Bolivia, and Brazil. Most of its population is concentrated in the southern part of the country. It hosts a subtropical to temperate climate. There is substantial rainfall in the eastern portion of the country, while it becomes semiarid in the far west.
In recent years, there has been a marked increase in political infighting. Nevertheless, since the overthrow of a 35-year military dictatorship in 1989, Paraguay has held relatively free and regular presidential elections.
Paraguay has two official languages: Spanish and Guarani. Ninety-five percent of Paraguayans are mestizo, which is mixed Spanish and Amerindian. Over 90% of the population is Roman Catholic.
Paraguay faces challenges today with deforestation, water pollution, inadequate means for waste disposal which presents health risks for many urban residents, and loss of wetlands.
A large percentage of the population derives their living from agricultural activity, often on a subsistence basis. Paraguay has struggled with poor economic performance which has been blamed on political uncertainty, corruption, lack of structural reform, internal and external debt, and a deficient infrastructure.
Children of Promise in Paraguay
The Children of Promise sponsorship program in Paraguay began in December 2004. This ministry serves poor children of families in the Bella Vista area of Paraguay. The majority of children in this area are living below the poverty level.
Children of Promise provides educational assistance, food, basic health care, and Christian nurture through local ministries of the Church of God.
For $25 per month per child, you can provide a bright future for a Paraguayan child who would otherwise not have such an opportunity.
Yanika lives with her parents and four brothers and sisters. She likes to play with dolls.
Richard lives in this home with his parents and brother. His home has no lights or water. He likes to play ball.