Daniel lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother maintains the home. Daniel works at home gardening, making beds and running errands. There are 2 children in the family.
For fun, Daniel enjoys soccer, playing with cars and playing with marbles. He attends Bible class regularly and is in primary school where his performance is above average.
Your love and support will help Daniel to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Daniel lives in the mountainous community of Colonia Morelos, Jiquipilco, home to approximately 1,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Otomi.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, bread, beef, plantains, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses, and malnutrition. Most adults are unemployed but some work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $162 per month. This community needs teachers, libraries, literacy courses, increased income and permanent jobs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Forjando un Futuro en Niños Indigenas Student Center to provide Daniel with Bible teaching, health screenings, hygiene education, picnics, games, handicraft training, and baking lessons. The center staff will also provide workshops and marriage conferences for the parents or guardians of Daniel.
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: Northeast of Toluca