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María Fernanda Salguero Franco  

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  • Age: 8
  • Birthday: June 6, 2006
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Guatemala
  • Center: Nueva Jerusalen Student Center
  • Child ID: GU4090395
María lives with her mother. At home, duties include running errands. Her mother is sometimes employed as a seller in the market. There are 2 children in the family.

As part of Compassion's ministry, María participates in church activities and Bible class. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Playing with dolls is her favorite activity.

Your love and support will help María to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
María lives in the mountainous community of Gualán, home to approximately 21,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and tin roofs. The commonly spoken language is Spanish.

The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, chicken, bread, beef, plantains and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include respiratory and intestinal illnesses. Half of the adults in Gualán are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $125 per month. This community has electricity, water and drainage but needs employment opportunities and housing.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Nueva Jerusalen Student Center to provide María with Bible teaching, sports, birthday celebrations, cultural activities and academic support. Forty percent of the children in this project are not attending school because they are underage. The center staff will also provide educational conferences for the parents or guardians of María.
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: North of Zacapa

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