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Leslie Jareth Rivera Sanchez  

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  • Age: 12
  • Birthday: December 27, 2002
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Mexico
  • Center: Little Drops of Living Water Student Center
  • Child ID: ME7790433
Leslie lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. Leslie works at home sewing, caring for animals and running errands.

For fun, Leslie enjoys art, hide-and-seek and running. She attends Bible class regularly and is in primary school where her performance is average.

Your love and support will help Leslie to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Leslie lives in the coastal community of Vega de Alatorre, home to approximately 8,200 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, wood walls and cardboard roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.

The regional diet consists of maize, beans and rice. Common health problems in this area include gastrointestinal diseases and malnutrition. Most adults in Vega de Alatorre work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $176 per month. This community has water and electricity but needs job opportunities and vocational training programs.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Little Drops of Living Water Student Center to provide Leslie with Bible teaching, dental treatment, hygiene education, recreational activities, academic reinforcement, reading and writing workshops and nutritious food. The center staff will also provide evangelism and conferences for the parents or guardians of Leslie.
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: Southeast of Poza Rica

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