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Andres Alarcon Santiago  

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  • Age: 10
  • Birthday: November 29, 2003
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Mexico
  • Center: Tapaxquit Student Center
  • Child ID: ME9560029
    • Waiting: 322 Days for a sponsor.
Andres lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include caring for children and running errands. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.

Soccer, art and running are Andres's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is average and he also regularly attends Bible class.

Because of your sponsorship, Andres will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Andres lives in the mountainous community of La Union Zihuateutla, home to approximately 3,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have brick walls.

The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, bread, beef and plantains. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, respiratory illnesses and gastrointestinal diseases. Most adults in La Union Zihuateutla are unemployed but some work as day laborers or subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $165 per month. This community needs schools, computer centers, employment opportunities and parks.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Tapaxquit Student Center to provide Andres with Bible teaching, sports, hygiene and health education, group activities, child protection lessons, homework supervision, academic reinforcement and math courses. The center staff will also provide counseling and family festivals for the parents or guardians of Andres.
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, Veracruz

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  • Most important of all, your sponsored child will hear about Jesus Christ and be encouraged to develop a lifelong relationship with God.

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