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Carmen Aracely Hernandez Lorenzana  

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  • Age: 12
  • Birthday: December 8, 2001
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Guatemala
  • Center: Lluvia de Bendiciones Student Center
  • Child ID: GU4000363
Carmen lives with her father and her mother. Her duties at home include making beds, helping in the kitchen and cleaning. There are 7 children in the family. Her father is employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home.

As part of Compassion's ministry, Carmen participates in church activities. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Playing jacks and playing ball games are her favorite activities.

Please remember Carmen in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Carmen lives on the plains of Paraje Seúl, Aldea La Estancia, home to approximately 5,400 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group and most commonly spoken language is K'iche'.

The regional diet consists of maize and beans. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, parasites, diarrhea and respiratory illnesses. Most adults work in factories and earn the equivalent of $113 per month. This community has electricity and potable water but needs technical schools and employment opportunities.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Lluvia de Bendiciones Student Center to provide Carmen with Bible teaching, health education, dental hygiene, medical checkups, recreational activities, field trips and academic support. The center staff will also provide health education for the parents or guardians of Carmen.
Dotted with Mayan ruins, lakes and volcanoes, Guatemala is one of the most beautiful places in Central America. Mountains and rugged highlands dominate its landscape in the west. The Pacific plain is a narrow belt between mountains and ocean. In the southern highlands, the most populous region is Guatemala City and to the north is jungle. The country is slightly smaller than the state of Tennessee.

Approximately half the country's 13 million people are Amerindian or Mayan, including 21 indigenous groups. Most of the people still live in small farming villages growing corn, coffee, sugar and beans as their ancestors did. They are world-famous for their intricate handmade textiles of brilliant colors in red, yellow, blue and purple. It is estimated that more than two-thirds of the country's children live in poverty. The country's official language is Spanish but more than 20 languages are spoken by various indigenous communities. Guatemalans are predominantly Catholic; about 40 percent are Protestants and a small percentage follow traditional Mayan religions. Compassion works within nearly every department in the country.

Much like many of its neighbors in Central America, Guatemala has a history riddled with warfare, coups and economic struggles. Two thousand years before Christ until the early 1500s, the great Mayan empire flourished throughout much of Guatemala. The Spanish conquered the area in 1524, but in 1821, the country gained independence from Spain. Since then, Guatemala's politics have been marked by rivalries and insurgencies. After a series of coups, short-lived rulers and ever-increasing protest and repression, civil war erupted in the 1960s. Several attempts have been made to end the decades-old disputes, the most recent of which was the 1996 signing of peace accords by the government, leftist guerrillas and other factions. Despite Guatemala's troubled history, the country enjoys freedom of speech and religion and continues to have a Constitutional Democratic Republic.

Map of Guatemala

Child's Location: East of Quetzaltenango

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Your support provides:

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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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