Sharon makes her home with her father and her mother. Making beds, helping in the kitchen and running errands are her household duties. Her father is employed and her mother is sometimes employed. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Sharon enjoys playing house, art and playing with dolls. She attends Bible class regularly and is in primary school where her performance is below average.
Your love and support will help Sharon to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Sharon lives on the plains of Mixco, home to approximately 500,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, wood walls and corrugated iron roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, bread, beef, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, tooth decay, parasites and respiratory illnesses. Most adults in Mixco work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $100 per month. This community needs more schools, literacy programs, drug and alcohol prevention programs, housing and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Dios es Amor Student Center to provide Sharon with Bible teaching, medical check-ups, first aid, hygiene education, recreational activities, tutors, crafts, clothes and books. In addition, crafts, workshops and literacy programs are available for non-schooled children. The center staff will also provide conferences and meetings for the parents or guardians of Sharon.
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 Guatemala City