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Samuel David Gonzalez Balladares  

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  • Age: 15
  • Birthday: December 2, 1999
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Nicaragua
  • Center: Tumbando Fortalezas Student Center
  • Child ID: NI2300129
    • Waiting: 348 days for a sponsor. Urgent need for a sponsor.
Samuel lives with his mother. His duties at home include caring for children, washing clothes and making beds. There are 5 children in the family. His mother is sometimes employed.

For fun, Samuel enjoys soccer, basketball and playing with cars. He attends church activities and youth group regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.

Your love and support will help Samuel to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Samuel lives on the plains of Managua, home to approximately 6,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, brick walls and tin roofs.

The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, fish, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include respiratory illnesses, gastrointestinal infections, fevers, colds, dengue, conjunctivitis and bronchitis. Most adults in Managua work as free trade zone workers and earn the equivalent of $81 per month. This community has electricity and potable water services but needs scholastic materials, employment opportunities and food.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Tumbando Fortalezas Student Center to provide Samuel with Bible classes, Bibles, medical checkups, health and hygiene education, sports, fluoride mouth washes, special celebrations, tutoring, academic support, school uniforms and shoes. In addition, literacy classes and tutoring are available for non-schooled children. The center staff will also provide child development training for the parents or guardians of Samuel.
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.

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Child's Location: North of Managua

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