Daniel lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include gathering firewood, helping in the kitchen and running errands. His father is not employed and his mother is employed as a laborer. There are 4 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Daniel participates in Bible class and Vacation Bible School. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Hide-and-seek, running and playing group games are his favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Daniel to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Daniel lives in the mountainous community of Santa Cruz del Quiché, home to approximately 588,800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of tile floors, brick walls and cement roofs. The most commonly spoken languages are Quiche and Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize and beans. Common health problems in this area include colds, bronchitis, flu and asthma. Most adults in Santa Cruz del Quiché are unemployed but some work as market traders and earn the equivalent of $100 per month. This community needs school buildings and supplies, employment opportunities and higher wages.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Centro Estudiantil Jerusalen to provide Daniel with Bible teaching, vision exams, first aid classes, recreational activities, opportunities for community service and sewing lessons. In addition, craft classes, games and puzzles are available for non-schooled children. The center staff will also provide meetings and holiday celebrations for the parents or guardians of Daniel.
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 Solola