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Axel Alejandro Lopez Rivera  

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  • Age: 8
  • Birthday: November 5, 2005
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Nicaragua
  • Center: Alto Refugio Student Center
  • Child ID: NI2460309
    • Waiting: 325 Days for a sponsor.
In his home, Axel helps by running errands. He lives with his stepfather and his mother. His stepfather is employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home.

Playing ball games and running are Axel's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is average and he also regularly attends Bible class.

Because of your sponsorship, Axel will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Axel lives on the plains of Barrio La Curva Sabana Grande, home to approximately 2,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood walls and tin roofs. The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, bread, plantains and rice.

Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, respiratory diseases and bronchitis. Most adults are unemployed but some work in factories and earn the equivalent of $119 per month. This community has potable water and electricity but needs employment opportunities and housing.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Alto Refugio Student Center to provide Axel with Bible classes, medical checkups, nutritious food, health and hygiene education, physical education, special celebrations and school supplies, uniforms and shoes. Twenty-eight percent of the children in this project are not attending school because either they lack the economic resources or they are underage. The center staff will also provide meetings and evangelism for the parents or guardians of Axel.
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: East of Managua

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