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Melquis Alexander Lemus  

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  • Age: 19
  • Birthday: July 26, 1995
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: El Salvador
  • Center: El Buen Samaritano Student Center
  • Child ID: ES7350651
Melquis lives with his mother. At home, duties include making beds, running errands and cleaning. His mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 3 children in the family.

As part of Compassion's ministry, Melquis participates in Bible class, youth group and camp. He is also in high school where his performance is average. Playing a musical instrument, soccer and playing group games are his favorite activities.

Please remember Melquis in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Melquis lives on the plains of El Refugio, home to approximately 8,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, adobe walls and tile roofs. The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bread and rice.

Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, respiratory diseases and diarrhea. Most adults in El Refugio are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $60 per month. This community needs educational assistance and employment opportunities.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of El Buen Samaritano Student Center to provide Melquis with Bible teaching, medical checkups, nutritious food, recreational activities, tutoring, computer training and school supplies. In addition, non-schooled children receive developmental activities. The center staff will also provide meetings, social activities and parents' school for the parents or guardians of Melquis.
Most Salvadorans live in the country's subtropical central region of valleys and plateaus. A hot coastal plain is in the south and the north is mountainous. Nearly all the land is farmed; coffee is grown in the mountains.

Ninety percent of El Salvador's population is of mixed Indian and Spanish descent; about 60 percent live in urban areas. Although a few Indians have retained many of their old customs and traditions, most people have adopted the Spanish language and culture. Fifty-seven percent of Salvadorans are Catholic but there is extensive activity by Protestant groups and over twenty-one percent are Protestants. Compassion works in the central, southern and western regions of the country.

El Salvador is the smallest and most densely populated country in Central America. Spain claimed the country in 1525. Almost 300 years later, El Salvador declared its independence and, after a brief union with Mexico, joined four other Central American countries to form a federation. When this union ended in 1838, El Salvador became a republic. The country experienced a period of increasing unrest during the 1970s that culminated in a civil war in the 1980s. In 1992, a peace agreement was reached.

Map of El Salvador

Child's Location: West of Chalchuapa

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Your tax-deductible contribution of just $38 a month connects your child with a loving, church-based Child Sponsorship Program.  

Your support provides:

  • Food and clean water
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  • Most important of all, your sponsored child will hear about Jesus Christ and be encouraged to develop a lifelong relationship with God.

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