Ashly lives with her father and her mother. At home, duties include making beds and running errands. Her father is employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. There are 4 children in the family.
Singing, art and hide-and-seek are Ashly's favorite activities. In kindergarten her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities.
Your love and support will help Ashly to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Ashly lives on the plains of Ciudad Sandino, home to approximately 150,00 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, cardboard walls and tin roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria, malnourishment and respiratory and parasitic diseases. Half of the adults in Ciudad Sandino are unemployed but some work in factories and earn the equivalent of $73 per month. This community needs school, libraries, vocational training, job opportunities, housing and substance abuse prevention.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Elegidos del Reino de Dios Student Center to provide Ashly with Bible teaching, medical checkups, preventative health classes, nutritious food, special celebrations, recreational activities, tutoring, academic reinforcement and developmental exercises. The center staff will also provide monthly meetings, health education, child development training and evangelistic activities for the parents or guardians of Ashly.
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