Silvia lives with her father and her mother. Her duties at home include carrying water, teaching others and buying or selling in the market. There are 3 children in the family. Her father is employed as a laborer and her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer.
For fun, Silvia enjoys playing jacks, singing and art. She attends Bible class, Vacation Bible School and camp regularly and is in primary school where her performance is average.
Your love and support will help Silvia to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Silvia lives in the mountainous community of Chuixchimal, Totonicapan, home to approximately 1,600 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, adobe walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Mayan and the spoken languages are Spanish and Kiché.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, guinea pig, bread, plantains, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include intestinal illnesses and respiratory infections. Most adults are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $100 per month. This community has electricity, water, drainage and public schools but needs vocational education and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Esmirna Student Center to provide Silvia with Bible teaching, sports, birthday celebrations, cultural activities and tutoring. Thirty 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 Silvia.
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: South of Momostenango