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Esdras Efrain Martinez Espinoza  

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  • Age: 10
  • Birthday: March 30, 2004
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Guatemala
  • Center: Kerigma Student Center
  • Child ID: GU8820802
    • Waiting: 312 Days for a sponsor.
Esdras makes his home with his father and his mother. Gathering firewood, buying or selling in the market and gardening are his household duties. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is employed. There are 8 children in the family.

As part of Compassion's ministry, Esdras participates in church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Playing a musical instrument, rolling a hoop and ping pong are his favorite activities.

Your love and support will help Esdras to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Esdras lives on the plains of Salama, home to approximately 12,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, cement walls and tile roofs. The primary ethnic group is Achi and the most commonly spoken language is Spanish.

The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, bread and rice. Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, parasites and respiratory illnesses. Most adults in Salama work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $87 per month. This community needs more schools, literacy programs, drug and alcohol abuse prevention programs and employment opportunities.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Kerigma Student Center to provide Esdras with Bible teaching, medical check-ups, hygiene education, recreational activities, tutors, crafts, workshops and school supplies. 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 Esdras.
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: South of Coban

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