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Maria Fernanda Alvarez Jaramillo  

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  • Age: 8
  • Birthday: June 29, 2006
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Mexico
  • Center: Centro de Desarrollo Integral Campo de Dios
  • Child ID: ME9500240
    • Waiting: 227 Days for a sponsor.
Maria lives with her grandmother. At home, duties include running errands and cleaning. Her grandmother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.

As part of Compassion's ministry, Maria participates in Bible class. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Playing house, playing with dolls and playing ball games are her favorite activities.

Your love and support will help Maria to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Maria lives in the mountainous community of Progreso de Zaragoza, home to approximately 5,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tin roofs.

The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken and bread. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, parasites, respiratory illnesses and intestinal infections. Most adults are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $92 per month. This community has electricity and potable water but needs tuition assistance and employment opportunities.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Centro de Desarrollo Integral Campo de Dios to provide Maria with Bible lessons, health screenings, nutritious food, health education, community service opportunities, reading workshops, school supplies and homework supervision. The center staff will also provide schooling and counseling for the parents or guardians of Maria.
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: Southwest of Poza Rica

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