In his home, Brayan helps by running errands. He lives with his stepfather and his mother. His stepfather is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Brayan participates in Bible class. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer, playing with cars and playing with marbles are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Brayan will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Brayan lives in the mountainous community of Canton Juchanep, home to approximately 5,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and tile roofs. The primary ethnic groups and languages are Spanish and Kiche.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bread, herbs and rice. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, diarrhea, parasites and respiratory illness. Most adults in Canton Juchanep are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $70 per month. This community needs economic resources, schools and vocational training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Belen Student Center to provide Brayan with Bible teaching, medical checkups, vaccinations, hygiene education, nutritious snacks, recreational activities and tutoring. In addition, non-schooled children receive developmental programs. The center staff will also meet regularly with the parents or guardians of Brayan.
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: South of Huehuetenango