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Genesis Belen Alvarez Salinas  

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  • Age: 7
  • Birthday: January 30, 2007
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Nicaragua
  • Center: Centro de Desarrollo Integral Jesús Bendice a Los Niños
  • Child ID: NI1470565
    • Waiting: 315 Days for a sponsor.
Genesis lives with her mother. Her duties at home include washing clothes and running errands. There are 2 children in the family. Her mother maintains the home.

As part of Compassion's ministry, Genesis participates in Bible class. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Singing, playing house and art are her favorite activities.

Because of your sponsorship, Genesis will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Genesis lives on the plains of Mateare, home to approximately 28,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, cement walls and corrugated iron roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.

The regional diet consists of beans, fish and rice. Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, dengue, respiratory diseases, malaria, asthma and the flu. Most adults in Mateare are unemployed but some work in factories and earn the equivalent of $111 per month. This community has water and electricity but needs vocational training centers and employment opportunities.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Jesús Bendice a los Niños Student Center to provide Genesis with Bible teaching, choir, medical checkups, health and hygiene education, special celebrations, field trips, self-esteem workshops, tutoring, reading and writing contests, library time, nutritious meals and school supplies. The center staff will also provide monthly meetings for the parents or guardians of Genesis.
With the Pacific Ocean on the west and the Caribbean Sea to the east, Nicaragua is the second largest country in Central America, after Mexico. The country has three different geographic regions: the Pacific lowlands, the north-central mountains and the Caribbean lowlands, also called the Mosquito Coast or Mosquitía. The climate is tropical in the lowlands and cooler in the highlands. The Mosquito Coast is an outlet for many of the large rivers originating in the central mountains. It is a sparsely populated rainforest area. Seventeen percent of the country has been given national park status.

The Nicaraguan population, mostly of indigenous and European ancestry, is more urban than rural. Spanish is the official language but on the Caribbean coast, Creole English and indigenous languages are also spoken. Poetry is one of Nicaragua's most loved arts. Even though most Nicaraguans are Catholic, during the 20th century Protestant denominations increased their membership, particularly in the western half of the country.

In 1524, Hernandez de Cordoba founded the first permanent Spanish settlements in the region. Nicaragua gained independence from Spain in 1821, briefly becoming a part of the Mexican Empire. In 1838, Nicaragua became an independent republic. The country began free-market reforms in 1991, after 12 years of economic free fall under the Sandinista regime. Despite some initial setbacks, Nicaragua has made dramatic progress. Nicaragua is primarily an agricultural country but construction, mining, fisheries, exports and general commerce have added to its stability and the well-being of its people.

In November 1998, Hurricane Mitch ravaged Nicaragua. Heavy rains followed and triggered a mudslide at Volcán Casita that buried several villages. Over 3,000 Nicaraguans died as a result of the hurricane. Several nations cancelled Nicaragua's debt in late 1999 as a result of the tragedy and the country is rebuilding slowly.

Map of Nicaragua

Child's Location: West of Managua

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