Maycoll makes his home with his grandmother. Running errands is his household duty. His grandmother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Maycoll enjoys soccer. He attends Bible class regularly and is in kindergarten where his performance is average.
Please remember Maycoll in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Maycoll lives in the forested community of Villa 15 de Julio, home to approximately 12,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, brick walls and tile roofs. The regional diet consists of maize, beans, rice and cheese.
Common health problems in this area include coughs, respiratory diseases and parasites. Half of the adults in Villa 15 de Julio are unemployed but some work as day laborers or in agriculture and earn the equivalent of $65 per month. This community has electricity but needs vocational training centers, libraries, employment opportunities and potable water.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Gedeones del Reino Student Center to provide Maycoll with Bible teaching, Bibles, medical checkups, health education, nutritious food, special celebrations, mathematic competitions, school supplies, shoes and school uniforms. In addition, literacy education is available for the non-schooled children. The center staff will also provide monthly meetings and educational workshops for the parents or guardians of Maycoll.
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: Northeast of Chinandega