Sponsor a Child Today

Search for a child to sponsor by age, gender, country, birthday, special needs and more.  Sponsor a child today.

Jeremy André Picón Franco  

Proceed to our secure online form
  • Age: 7
  • Birthday: February 1, 2007
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Guatemala
  • Center: Bethel Student Center
  • Child ID: GU9010680
    • Waiting: 294 Days for a sponsor.
Jeremy lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include gathering firewood, making beds and helping in the kitchen. His father is employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 2 children in the family.

Playing ball games, bicycling and running are Jeremy's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is average and he also regularly attends Bible class.

Please remember Jeremy in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Jeremy lives on the plains of La Fragua, Zacapa, home to approximately 3,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and corrugated iron roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Spanish.

The regional diet consists of maize, chicken and rice. Common health problems in this area include parasites, malnutrition, and respiratory illnesses. Most adults are unemployed but some work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $106 per month. This community needs literacy programs, vocational training, employment opportunities and drug and alcohol abuse prevention programs.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Bethel Student Center to provide Jeremy with Bible teaching, medical and dental check-ups, hygiene education, literacy programs, school supplies, education, uniforms and medicine. In addition, literacy programs are available for non-schooled children. The center staff will also provide meetings and workshops for the parents or guardians of Jeremy.
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: In Zacapa

Please make a difference in the life of this child who has been anxiously waiting for a sponsor

Previously Viewed:
Our live chat service is currently offline. Please try again during business hours or click here to leave us a message.

Search for a Child

Donate With Confidence

Your personal information is encrypted and transmitted without risk using a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol.

Verisign

Start Sponsoring a Child Today!

Your tax-deductible contribution of just $38 a month connects your child with a loving, church-based Child Sponsorship Program.  

Your support provides:

  • Food and clean water
  • Medical care
  • Educational opportunities
  • Important life-skills training
  • Most important of all, your sponsored child will hear about Jesus Christ and be encouraged to develop a lifelong relationship with God.

When you sponsor a child, you'll receive your child's photo, personal story and a child sponsorship packet by mail in approximately 10 days.

When children find out they've been sponsored, the joy they feel is indescribable. Just knowing that someone across the globe cares means more than you can imagine. Sponsoring a child will profoundly change the future for your child, and will change your own life as well.