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Yulissa Bautista Martinez  

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  • Age: 8
  • Birthday: March 25, 2006
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Mexico
  • Center: Taolinzi Student Center
  • Child ID: ME8840370
In her home, Yulissa helps by running errands. She lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.

Hide-and-seek and playing group games are Yulissa's favorite activities. In primary school her performance is average and she also regularly attends Bible class and Vacation Bible School.

Because of your sponsorship, Yulissa will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Yulissa lives in the hillside community of Mecayapan, Veracruz, home to approximately 10,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group is Nahualt and the most commonly spoken languages are Spanish and Nahualt.

The regional diet consists of maize and beans. Common health problems in this are include malnutrition, conjunctivitis, chicken pox and dental cavities. Most of the adults in Mecayapan, Veracruz work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $90 per month. This community needs an improved education system, academic supplies and employment opportunities.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Taolinzi Student Center to provide Yulissa with Bible teaching, health and hygiene education, nutrition information, recreational activities, cultural events, academic reinforcement, Bibles and school supplies. The center staff will also provide opportunities for project involvement for the parents or guardians of Yulissa.
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 Minatitlan

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