Sofia lives with her father and her mother. Her father is employed and her mother maintains the home. Sofia works at home caring for children, running errands and cleaning. There are 4 children in the family.
Sofia is not attending school because she is too young. Playing with dolls, hide-and-seek and running are her favorite activities. She also attends church activities regularly.
Your love and support will help Sofia to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Sofia lives on the plains of Mixco, home to approximately 800,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have thatch roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken and rice. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, headaches, stomach ailments, respiratory problems and allergies. Most adults in Mixco work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $100 per month. This community has electricity, water, and telephone service available but needs a better education system.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Tommas Cranmer Student Center to provide Sofia with Bible teaching, medical checkups, hygiene classes, recreational activities and vocational training. The center staff will also provide educational workshops for the parents or guardians of Sofia.
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: Northwest of Guatemala City