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Haziel Gonzalez Ibarra  

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  • Age: 17
  • Birthday: August 30, 1997
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Mexico
  • Center: The Good Shepherd Student Center
  • Child ID: ME8170041
Haziel lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for gathering firewood, making beds and cleaning. His father is employed and his mother is sometimes employed as a project worker. There are 4 children in the family.

As part of Compassion's ministry, Haziel participates in church activities, Bible class and youth group. He is also in high school where his performance is average. Soccer, swimming and listening to music are his favorite activities.

Because of your sponsorship, Haziel will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Haziel lives in the coastal community of Samuel León Brindis, home to approximately 1,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors and walls and corrugated iron roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Spanish.

The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken and rice. Common health problems in this area include parasites, stomach illnesses, respiratory disorders and dengue fever. Most adults in Samuel León Brindis work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $123 per month. This community has water and electricity but needs medical facilities and drug and alcohol abuse prevention programs.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of The Good Shepherd Student Center to provide Haziel with Bible teaching, health and hygiene education, recreational activities, leadership development, literacy training, academic support, counseling and developmental activities. The center staff will also provide conferences for the parents or guardians of Haziel.
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: Northwest of Tapachula

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Your tax-deductible contribution of just $38 a month connects your child with a loving, church-based Child Sponsorship Program.  

Your support provides:

  • Food and clean water
  • Medical care
  • Educational opportunities
  • Important life-skills training
  • Most important of all, your sponsored child will hear about Jesus Christ and be encouraged to develop a lifelong relationship with God.

When you sponsor a child, you'll receive your child's photo, personal story and a child sponsorship packet by mail in approximately 10 days.

When children find out they've been sponsored, the joy they feel is indescribable. Just knowing that someone across the globe cares means more than you can imagine. Sponsoring a child will profoundly change the future for your child, and will change your own life as well.