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Marlon Estuardo De Leon Velasquez  

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  • Age: 10
  • Birthday: March 18, 2004
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Guatemala
  • Center: Semillas del Futuro Student Center
  • Child ID: GU4580243
    • Waiting: 477 Days for a sponsor.
Marlon lives with his mother. His mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. Marlon works at home gathering firewood, making beds and running errands. There are 2 children in the family.

As part of Compassion's ministry, Marlon participates in church activities. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer, playing with cars and listening to music are his favorite activities.

Your love and support will help Marlon to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Marlon lives in the community of Jocopilas, home to approximately 12,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood walls and tile roofs. The primary ethnic group is Mayan and the most commonly spoken language is Spanish.

The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, bread and rice. Common health problems in this area include intestinal diseases and respiratory illnesses. Most adults in Jocopilas are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $113 per month. This community needs vocational training centers, employment opportunities and secondary schools.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Semillas del Futuro Student Center to provide Marlon with Bible teaching, sports activities, birthday celebrations and cultural activities. The center staff will also provide educational conferences for the parents or guardians of Marlon.
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.

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Child's Location: Southeast of Quetzaltenango

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