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Sara Luisa Martinez Ara  

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  • Age: 11
  • Birthday: September 26, 2002
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Mexico
  • Center: Maranatha Student Center
  • Child ID: ME9180061
    • Waiting: 374 Days for a sponsor.
Sara lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. Sara works at home caring for children, washing clothes and cleaning. There are 7 children in the family.

Art, reading and running are Sara's favorite activities. In primary school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities and Bible class.

Your love and support will help Sara to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Sara lives in the mountainous community of Ocosingo Chiapas, home to approximately 65,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Tzeltal and the most commonly spoken languages are Tzotzil and Spanish.

The regional diet consists of maize, beans, guinea pig, plantains, rice and beef. Common health problems in this area include respiratory diseases and undernourishment. Most of the adults in Ocosingo Chiapas work in domestic service or as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $180 per month. This community has electricity, drinking water and drainage but needs secondary schools, public libraries and employment opportunities.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Maranatha Student Center to provide Sara with Bible teaching, sports, medical checkups, academic support, homework supervision and special celebrations. In addition, handcraft classes are available for non-schooled children. The center staff will also provide conferences for the parents or guardians of Sara.
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

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