Daniela lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for running errands. Her father is employed as a laborer and her mother is employed as a teacher. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Daniela participates in church activities and Bible class. She is also in kindergarten where her performance is average. Singing, telling stories and art are her favorite activities.
Please remember Daniela in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Daniela lives in the mountainous community of San Ildefonso Ixtahuacan, home to approximately 4,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of tile floors, wood walls and cement roofs. The primary ethnic group is Mam and Spanish is the most commonly spoken language.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, bread, beef, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include dental decay, colds and amoeba infections. Most adults in San Ildefonso Ixtahuacan work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $108 per month. This community needs secondary schools, scholastic materials and more economic resources.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Colegio Emanuel School to provide Daniela with Bible teaching, medical checkups, workshops on health and hygiene, recreational activities and computer classes. In addition, non-schooled children receive sewing classes. The center staff will also provide Bible teaching and meetings for the parents or guardians of Daniela.
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: West of Huehuetenango