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Iker Antonio Velazquez Lopez  

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  • Age: 4
  • Birthday: June 17, 2010
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Mexico
  • Center: Jireh Student Center
  • Child ID: ME9570223
Iker lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother maintains the home. Iker works at home running errands. There are 2 children in the family.

Iker is not attending school because he is too young. Soccer, playing with cars and art are his favorite activities. He also attends church activities and Bible class regularly.

Please remember Iker in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Iker lives in the mountainous community of Col. El Triunfo de Madero, Municipio de Cintalapa, Chiapas, home to approximately 74,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, adobe walls and tin roofs.

The regional diet consists of maize. Common health problems in this area include dengue, gastrointestinal illnesses and respiratory diseases. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $141 per month. This community has electricity and drinking water but needs vocational training centers, libraries and employment opportunities.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Jireh Student Center to provide Iker with Bible teaching, health and hygiene education, medical checkups, sports, community service opportunities, school supplies, homework help, reading workshops and academic reinforcement. The center staff will also provide counseling for the parents or guardians of Iker.
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: West of Tuxtla Gutierrez

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Your support provides:

  • Food and clean water
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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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