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Melvin De Jesus Segovia Cortéz  

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  • Age: 7
  • Birthday: January 2, 2008
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: El Salvador
  • Center: Príncipes de Israel Student Center
  • Child ID: ES9270112
Melvin lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include running errands and cleaning. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home.

For fun, Melvin enjoys soccer and playing with cars. He attends Bible class regularly and is in kindergarten where his performance is average.

Please remember Melvin in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Melvin lives in the mountainous community of Tecoluca, home to approximately 7,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and tin roofs. The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bread and rice.

Common health problems in this area include the flu, parasites, malnutrition and skin diseases. Half of the adults in Tecoluca are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $125 per month. This community has electricity and drinking water but needs libraries and employment opportunities.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Principes de Israel Student Center to provide Melvin with Bible teaching, medical and dental checkups, sports, special celebrations, academic reinforcement, field trips, school supplies, computer workshops and uniforms. Eighty percent of the children in this project are not attending school because they are underage. The center staff will also provide meetings and family day celebrations for the parents or guardians of Melvin.
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: South of San Vicente

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