Ivan lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include carrying water, washing clothes and making beds. There are 4 children in the family. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother maintains the home.
Soccer, playing with cars and playing ball games are Ivan's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is below average and he also regularly attends Bible class.
Because of your sponsorship, Ivan will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Ivan lives in the community of Xocotla, Coscomatepec, Veracruz, home to approximately 10,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, wood or brick walls and cement, cardboard or tin roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, bread, beef, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include respiratory illnesses and gastrointestinal diseases. Most adults are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $122 per month. This community needs technical schools, employment opportunities and parks.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Manantial de Vida Student Center to provide Ivan with Bible studies, hygiene and health education, health screenings, nutritious food, games, academic reinforcement and reading and writing lessons. The center staff will also provide child development education and parenting school for the parents or guardians of Ivan.
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 Xalapa