Josue lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include making beds, running errands and cleaning. His father is employed as a teacher and his mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Josue participates in church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School. He is also in middle school where his performance is above average. Listening to music, reading and playing group games are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Josue will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Josue lives in the coastal community of Mapastepec, Chiapas, home to approximately 9,100 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have corrugated iron roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken and fish. Common health problems in this area include parasites, stomach illnesses, respiratory disorders and eye diseases. Most adults in Mapastepec, Chiapas are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $79 per month. This community has water and electricity but needs medical centers, employment opportunities, schools and drug and alcohol abuse prevention programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Friendly Link Student Center to provide Josue with Bible teaching, health care, opportunities for community service, academic support, health education and vocational training. In addition, non-schooled children receive developmental activities. The center staff will also provide conferences and visits for the parents or guardians of Josue.
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.
Map of Mexico
Child's Location: Northwest of Tapachula