Andy lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for cleaning. His father is sometimes employed and his mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Andy enjoys playing with cars, playing ball games and running. He attends Bible class regularly and is in kindergarten where his performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Andy will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Andy lives in the mountainous community of Colonia San Luis, home to approximately 5,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans and chicken. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition and respiratory problems. Most adults in Colonia San Luis work in factories and earn the equivalent of $126 per month. This community has electricity and water available but needs suitable housing, schools and supplies of food and clothing.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Canaan Student Center to provide Andy with Bible teaching, medical checkups, health education, sports, holiday celebrations, literacy training, hygiene supplies and nutritious meals. The center staff will also provide meetings for the parents or guardians of Andy.
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: North of Guatemala City