In her home, Lariza helps by washing clothes, running errands and cleaning. She lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed and her mother is sometimes employed. There are 4 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Lariza participates in church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School. She is also in middle school where her performance is above average. Playing a musical instrument and bicycling are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Lariza will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Lariza lives in the mountainous community of Ocosingo, Chiapas, home to approximately 60,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood floors, adobe walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Tzeltal.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, bread and rice. Common health problems in this area include gastrointestinal diseases, respiratory illnesses and skin infections. Most adults work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $176 per month. This community has potable water, drainage and electricity but needs improved schools, employment opportunities and alcohol and drug abuse prevention programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of C.D.I. Siquem to provide Lariza with Bible teaching, medical checkups, hygiene and health education, nutritious food, recreational activities, special celebrations, reading workshops, school supplies and academic support. The center staff will also provide counseling and parents' school for the parents or guardians of Lariza.
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: Northeast of Tuxtla Gutierrez