Leyly makes her home with her father and her mother. Running errands and cleaning are her household duties. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother is sometimes employed as a seller in the market. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Leyly participates in church activities and Bible class. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Playing house, playing with dolls and hide-and-seek are her favorite activities.
Please remember Leyly in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Leyly lives on the plains of San Miguel Chicaj, home to approximately 29,900 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and tile roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Achi.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, guinea pig, bread and rice. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, respiratory disorders and malaria. Most adults in San Miguel Chicaj are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $50 per month. This community has electricity but needs law enforcement, alcohol abuse prevention programs and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Bethesda Student Center to provide Leyly with Bible teaching, medical exams, health and hygiene education, recreational activities, special celebrations, academic reinforcement, educational classes and social events. Thirty 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: South of Cobán