Juana lives with her aunt. She is responsible for making beds, running errands and cleaning. Her aunt is sometimes employed. There are 5 children in the family.
For fun, Juana enjoys playing with dolls and playing group games. She attends Bible class and Vacation Bible School regularly and is in primary school where her performance is average.
Your prayers are especially appreciated for Juana because she has impaired speech. Your sponsorship helps provide the care and love she needs.
Juana lives in the mountainous community of Ecatepec, home to approximately 1,620,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and cardboard roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken and rice. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, parasites, respiratory and intestinal infections. Most adults in Ecatepec work in factories and earn the equivalent of $196 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, increased salaries and alcohol and drug abuse prevention programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Pasos al Futuro Student Center to provide Juana with Bible classes, medical checkups, health and hygiene education, nutritious food, recreational activities, community service opportunities, field trips, reading workshops, school supplies, academic reinforcement and supervision of homework. The center staff will also provide parenting education for the parents or guardians of Juana.
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: North of Mexico City