Maria lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for running errands and cleaning. Her father is employed and her mother maintains the home. There are 4 children in the family.
For fun, Maria enjoys playing ball games and running. She attends Bible class and Vacation Bible School regularly and is in primary school where her performance is average.
Please remember Maria in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Maria lives on the plains of Chiantla, home to approximately 74,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, adobe walls and metal sheet roofs. The regional diet consists of chicken, beef, rice, potatoes, bread and maize.
Common health problems in this area include parasites, respiratory diseases, skin illnesses, malnutrition and diarrhea. Most adults in Chiantla are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $100 dollars a month. This community has basic utility services available but needs schools, vocational training and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Fuente de Amor Student Center to provide Maria with Bible teaching, retreats, medical exams, health education, hygiene instruction, social events, recreational activities and academic support. The center staff will also sponsor family events in order to foster better relationships between parents or guardians and their children.
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 Huehuetenango