Araceli lives with her father and her mother. At home, duties include caring for children, running errands and cleaning. Her father is employed and her mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
Playing house, playing with dolls and bicycling are Araceli's favorite activities. In primary school her performance is below average and she also regularly attends Bible class.
Because of your sponsorship, Araceli will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Araceli lives in the hillside community of Santa Ana Tzacuala, home to approximately 4,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have tin roofs. The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, plantains, rice and potatoes.
Common health problems in this area include malnourishment, respiratory illnesses, gastrointestinal diseases and chicken pox. Half of the adults in Santa Ana Tzacuala are unemployed but some work as day laborers or on plantations and earn the equivalent of $185 per month. This community has electricity but needs street lights, a high school and permanent employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of El Buen Samaritano Student Center to provide Araceli with Bible teaching, hygiene education, nutritious food, games, special celebrations, reading workshops, academic reinforcement, field trips, handicraft training and vocational education. The center staff will also provide parenting workshops and cooking and embroidery classes for the parents or guardians of Araceli.
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: Northeast of Tulancingo