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Melanny Jissel Gonzalez Reyna  

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  • Age: 11
  • Birthday: March 10, 2003
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Mexico
  • Center: CDI Bethel
  • Child ID: ME8810376
In her home, Melanny helps by making beds, helping in the kitchen and running errands. She lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed and her mother maintains the home.

As part of Compassion's ministry, Melanny participates in Bible class. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Playing with dolls and bicycling are her favorite activities.

Please remember Melanny in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Melanny lives in the coastal community of Minatitlán Veracruz, home to approximately 30,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have tin roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Spanish.

The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include respiratory and gastrointestinal diseases and malnutrition. Most adults in Minatitlán Veracruz work in factories and earn the equivalent of $113 per month. This community needs culturally relevant educational programs, employment opportunities, adequate agricultural resources and the Gospel.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of CDI Bethel to provide Melanny with Bible teaching, health screenings, health and hygiene education, recreational activities, school supplies, homework supervision, reading workshops, special celebrations and community service opportunities. The center staff will also provide literacy campaigns for the parents or guardians of Melanny.
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: In Minatitlán

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