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Rocio Del Carmen Cruz Pineda  

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  • Age: 5
  • Birthday: July 14, 2009
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: El Salvador
  • Center: Resplandece Student Center
  • Child ID: ES9340067
In her home, Rocio helps by running errands. She lives with her grandmother. Her grandmother is sometimes employed as a laborer.

Rocio is not attending school because she is too young. Playing with dolls and running are her favorite activities. She also attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School regularly.

Because of your sponsorship, Rocio will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Rocio lives on the plains of Cantón Santa Rosa, home to approximately 1,200 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, tin walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group is Mestizo and the most commonly spoken language is Spanish.

The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, bread, plantains, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, skin allergies, respiratory diseases, malnutrition and dental decay. Most adults are unemployed but some work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $90 per month. This community needs adult literacy classes, tutoring and formal employment.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Resplandece Student Center to provide Rocio with Bible classes, medical and dental checkups, nutritious meals, soccer matches, birthday celebrations, field trips, tutoring and vocational workshops. Thirty-five percent of the children in this project do not attend school because they are underage. The center staff will also provide meetings and special celebrations for the parents or guardians of Rocio.
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.

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Child's Location: North of San Salvador

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