Monday, 27 April 2009

The community of Puerto Camacho

Puerto Camacho is a poor community situated on the outskirts of the city of El Alto where the majority of housing is constructed form adobe bricks where large families with 6 – 12 children live. Water and electricity can be found there, however it lacks a sewerage system resulting in its inhabitants using the river as a toilet. Roads are made of dirt and are very uneven and in poor condition, so much so that no public transport ventures that far, requiring its residents to walk for 30 – 45 minutes in order to reach a main road.

Life for the people of Puerto Camacho is difficult as people struggle to find jobs and scrape together a living from the meagre pay they may receive from manual labour. Many of the children in this community are left to fend for themselves day after day whilst parents work to try and keep the family going. Others have simply been abandoned. A cycle of poverty is repeated generation after generation as children are unable to finish their education and find better paid jobs.

But there is hope, through the grace of God it is possible for this community to change for the better. That is exactly what the work of FH through the love of God in this community hopes to achieve.

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