Karla lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for making beds, running errands and cleaning. Her father is employed and her mother is sometimes employed as a seller in the market. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Karla enjoys playing with dolls and bicycling. She attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in primary school where her performance is average.
Your love and support will help Karla to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Karla lives in the forested community of Barrio Los Remedios, home to approximately 2,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, adobe walls and tin roofs. The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, fish, bread, rice and potatoes.
Common health problems in this area include dengue, diarrhea, respiratory illnesses, colds, skin diseases and undernourishment. Most adults are unemployed but some work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $175 per month. This community has drinking water, electricity and garbage collection but needs libraries and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Emprendedores del Rey Student Center to provide Karla with Bible classes, medical and dental checkups, hygiene education, nutritious meals, birthday celebrations, recreational field trips, homework help, computer courses, school supplies, uniforms and shoes. The center staff will also provide meetings and health education for the parents or guardians of Karla.
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: In Zacatecoluca