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Darwin Daniel Higueros Portillo  

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  • Age: 7
  • Birthday: November 11, 2006
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Guatemala
  • Center: Esperanza Student Center
  • Child ID: GU4960196
    • Waiting: 199 Days for a sponsor.
Darwin lives with his mother. His mother is employed as a laborer. Darwin works at home gathering firewood, sewing and caring for children. There are 2 children in the family.

As part of Compassion's ministry, Darwin participates in Bible class. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer, playing with marbles and art are his favorite activities.

Because of your sponsorship, Darwin will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Darwin lives on the plains of Zone 7 Mixco, home to approximately 100,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of tin and have cement floors. The regional diet consists of maize and beans.

Common health problems in this area include intestinal diseases and respiratory illnesses. Most adults in Zone 7 Mixco work in factories and earn the equivalent of $238 per month. This community has water and electricity but needs schools, food and increased salaries.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Esperanza Student Center to provide Darwin with Bible studies, sports, medical checkups, special celebrations, academic reinforcement and counseling. Fifty-two 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 Darwin.
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: In Guatemala City

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