Josafat lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. Josafat works at home running errands and cleaning. There are 4 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Josafat participates in church activities and Bible class. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Playing group games is his favorite activity.
Because of your sponsorship, Josafat will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Josafat lives on the plains community of Col Satélite,Tuxtla Gutierrez, home to approximately 5,700 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of fish. Common health problems in this area include gastrointestinal illnesses, respiratory diseases, typhoid, dengue and malnutrition. Most adults are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $227 per month. This community needs a computer center, employment opportunities, medical services and lights.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Amiguitos de Jesus Student Center to provide Josafat with Bible teaching, medical checkups, health, hygiene and nutrition education, recreational activities, special celebrations, sports, reading workshops, school supplies, tutoring in math and Spanish, and handicraft lessons. The center staff will also provide counseling for the parents or guardians of Josafat.
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: Southeast of Tuxtla Gutierrez Chiapas