Gaspar lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include running errands. There are 2 children in the family. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Gaspar participates in Bible class. He is also in kindergarten where his performance is average. Playing with cars and playing ball games are his favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Gaspar to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Gaspar lives on the plains of Ursulo Galván, Tihuatlan, home to approximately 2,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, wood walls and cardboard roofs. The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, bread and rice.
Common health problems in this area include the flu, coughs, chicken pox, gastrointestinal illnesses and fevers. Most adults work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $185 per month. This community needs a university, employment opportunities, potable water, paved streets and public transportation.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Betesda Casa de Misericordia Student Center to provide Gaspar with Bible teaching, counseling, hygiene education, medical attention, sports, school reinforcement, field trips and handicraft and recycling workshops. The center staff will also provide domestic violence prevention conferences, embroidery workshops, marriage counseling, parenting education and meetings for the parents or guardians of Gaspar.
Mexico has varied terrain, from high rugged mountains to low coastal plains with a mix of temperatures around the region. The climate ranges from tropical to desert. For thousands of years, Mexico has been home to advanced civilizations including the Olmec, Maya, Toltec and Aztec. When Cortéz conquered Mexico in 1521, he destroyed a flourishing Aztec civilization. Though marked by sharp class and social divisions, Mexican culture typically treasures family and traditional values. Graciousness in conversation and other communication is highly regarded, and relationships take precedence over other matters. About 60 percent of Mexicans are mestizo - descended from indigenous Pre-Columbian people groups and Spanish ancestors. Over 90 percent speak Spanish. More than three-quarters of the people are Roman Catholic, but Protestant denominations are growing. Compassion works primarily in southern Mexico. Mexico was under Spanish rule for three centuries, until it achieved independence in the early 19th century. Social discontent rocked the country during the 1960s and 1970s, especially with rising urbanization and unemployment. In 1994, there was an uprising of indigenous people groups in Chiapas, who demanded economic and political reform. At that time, currency devaluation produced near economic collapse. However, the country was making an impressive financial recovery until the global financial crisis that hit in 2008. In 2000, Vicente Fox was sworn in as the first chief executive elected in free and fair elections. He was succeeded in 2006 by Felipe Calderón. Ongoing economic and social concerns include low wages, widespread underemployment, inequitable land and income distribution, and few advancement opportunities for the indigenous people groups in the impoverished southern states.
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Child's Location: North of Poza Rica, Veracruz