Nancy lives with her mother. At home, duties include gathering firewood, running errands and cleaning. Her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer.
Playing house, playing with dolls and running are Nancy's favorite activities. In primary school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities and Bible class.
Because of your sponsorship, Nancy will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Nancy lives in the mountainous community of Cantón El Platanar, home to approximately 6,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and tin roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, bread, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include gastrointestinal diseases, respiratory illnesses and kidney failure. Most adults are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $160 per month. This community has water, electricity and phone services but needs employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Casa de Dios, Puerta del Cielo Student Center to provide Nancy with Bible teaching, sports, vaccinations, medical checkups, nutritious meals, special celebrations, field trips, poetry and storytelling contests, vocational workshops, academic reinforcement and school supplies. Seventy-nine percent of the children in this project are not attending school because they are underage. The center staff will also provide evangelism and vocational workshops for the parents or guardians of Nancy.
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: Northwest of San Miguel