Edward lives with his mother. At home, duties include running errands. His mother is sometimes employed as a laborer.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Edward participates in church activities and Bible class. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer is his favorite activity.
Because of your sponsorship, Edward will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Edward lives in the coastal community of Ponte Duro, home to approximately 1,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, brick walls and tin roofs. The regional diet consists of fish.
Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, parasites, intestinal infections, respiratory diseases and malaria. Most adults in Ponte Duro work as fishermen and earn the equivalent of $130 per month. This community has electricity, potable water and telephone service but needs secondary schools, employment opportunities and an improved community health center.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Amiguitos del Rey Student Center to provide Edward with Bible classes, medical checkups, health and hygiene education, nutritious food, sports, field trips, community service opportuities, reading workshops, school supplies and homework supervision. In addition, reading classes are available for non-schooled children. The center staff will also provide parenting education for the parents or guardians of Edward.
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: Southeast of Arriaga