Jeremy lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for washing clothes, making beds and running errands. His father is employed as a farmer and his mother maintains the home.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Jeremy participates in church activities. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer, swimming and listening to music are his favorite activities.
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 Aldea Machaquilá, home to approximately 4,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood walls and corrugated iron roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans and rice. Common health problems in this area include intestinal illnesses, bronchial infections, malnutrition and parasites. Most adults in Aldea Machaquilá are unemployed but some work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $65 per month. This community has water and electricity but needs employment opportunities, vocational training centers and law enforcement.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Canaán Student Center to provide Jeremy with Bible teaching, recreational activities, social events, medical exams, opportunities for community service and academic support. In addition, non-schooled children receive preschool classes. Seventy percent of the children in this project do not attend school because they are underage.
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: Southeast of Flores