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  • Age: 13
  • Birthday: August 8, 2000
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Guatemala
  • Center: Nueva Vida Student Center
  • Child ID: GU9280355
    • Waiting: 274 Days for a sponsor.
Raquel lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for caring for children, making beds and helping in the kitchen. Her father is employed as a farmer and her mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.

Basketball, art and listening to music are Raquel's favorite activities. In primary school her performance is average and she also regularly attends Bible class.

Because of your sponsorship, Raquel will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Raquel lives on the plains of Pajapita, home to approximately 10,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood walls and sheet metal roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Spanish.

The regional diet consists of maize, beans and beef. Common health problems in this area include respiratory illnesses, malnutrition and parasites. Most of the adults in Pajapita work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $50 per month. This community needs schools, employment opportunities and alcohol abuse prevention programs.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Nueva Vida Student Center to provide Raquel with Bible teaching, medical exams, hygiene campaigns, recreational activities and academic support. In addition, non-schooled children receive developmental programs and literacy training. The center staff will also provide conferences for the parents or guardians of Raquel.
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: North of San Marcos

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