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Josefina Juan Mendez  

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  • Age: 11
  • Birthday: June 13, 2003
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Mexico
  • Center: Beraca Student Center
  • Child ID: ME9670114
Josefina lives with her father and her mother. At home, duties include washing clothes, running errands and cleaning. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother maintains the home. There are 6 children in the family.

As part of Compassion's ministry, Josefina participates in church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School. She is also in primary school where her performance is below average. Playing house, playing with dolls and reading are her favorite activities.

Because of your sponsorship, Josefina will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Josefina lives in the hillside community of Coxquihui, Veracruz, home to approximately 6,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, wood walls and cardboard roofs. The regional diet consists of maize.

Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, diabetes and hypertension. Most adults are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $153 per month. This community needs secondary schools, employment opportunities and substance abuse rehabilitation programs.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Beraca Student Center to provide Josefina with Bible teaching, hygiene and health education, craft workshops, music classes and sporting events. The center staff will also provide marriage conferences and evangelism for the parents or guardians of Josefina.
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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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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