Vilma lives with her father and her mother. Her duties at home include carrying water, gathering firewood and washing clothes. There are 5 children in the family. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home.
Vilma is not presently attending school. Basketball, swimming and playing ball games are her favorite activities. She also attends Bible class and camp regularly.
Your love and support will help Vilma to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Vilma lives on the plains of Colonia Trinidad-Chipati, home to approximately 3,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood walls and tin roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, diarrhea and respiratory problems. Most adults in Colonia Trinidad-Chipati work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $95 per month. This community needs health and hygiene instruction, vocational training, support for schools and potable water.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Bezaleel-Col. Trinidad-Chipati Student Center to provide Vilma with Bible teaching, health and hygiene instruction, medical exams, medicine, special celebrations, school reinforcement, school supplies, shoes and other special gifts. Forty-five percent of the children in this project are not attending school because they are underage. The center staff will also provide special conferences and workshops for the parents or guardians of Vilma.
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: East of Coban