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Ian Moises Arellano Cruz  

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  • Age: 9
  • Birthday: December 28, 2006
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Mexico
  • Center: Betesda Student Center
  • Child ID: ME9780083
In his home, Ian helps by carrying water, making beds and running errands. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is employed and his mother maintains the home.

For fun, Ian enjoys soccer, art and playing group games. He attends Bible class regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.

Your love and support will help Ian to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Ian lives in the community of Zozocolco, home to approximately 13,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt or wood floors, brick walls and tin roofs. The regional diet consists of maize and beans.

Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, parasites, respiratory illnesses and intestinal diseases. Most adults in Zozocolco work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $149 per month. This community needs a high school, employment opportunities and substance abuse prevention programs.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Betesda Student Center to provide Ian with Bible lessons, health screenings, hygiene and health education, nutritious food, recreational activities, community service opportunities, reading workshops, school supplies, homework supervision and academic reinforcement. The center staff will also provide counseling and parenting education for the parents or guardians of Ian.
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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