Sarai lives with her father and her mother. At home, duties include caring for animals, running errands and cleaning. Her father is employed and her mother maintains the home. There are 4 children in the family.
Playing house, art and playing group games are Sarai's favorite activities. In primary school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities and Bible class.
Because of your sponsorship, Sarai will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Sarai lives in the forested community of Col. Adolfo Lopez Mateos Mpio de Mapastepec, home to approximately 1,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tin or cement roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, fish, bread, plantains, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include respiratory diseases and intestinal infections. Most adults work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $120 per month. This community has electricity and water but needs paved streets and hospitals.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Dios de Promesa Student Center to provide Sarai with Bible teaching, medical checkups, hygiene education, sports, community service opportunities, school supplies, homework supervision, field trips, games and reading workshops. The center staff will also provide literacy programs and parenting education for the parents or guardians of Sarai.
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: South of Tapachula