Jose lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include washing clothes, helping in the kitchen and running errands. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed as a laborer.
Soccer, art and playing group games are Jose's favorite activities. In high school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and youth group.
Because of your sponsorship, Jose will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Jose lives in the mountainous community of Panchimalco, home to approximately 45,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have corrugated iron roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, fish, bread and rice. Common health problems in this area include parasites, dental decay and respiratory problems. Most adults in Panchimalco work in factories and earn the equivalent of $137 per month. This community has water and electricity but needs school supplies, clothes, food and medicine.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Children for Christ (Niños para Cristo) Student Center to provide Jose with Bible teaching, medical and dental checkups, health and hygiene education, birthday celebrations, educational field trips, tutoring, homework help, handicraft training, school supplies and vocational workshops. In addition, non-schooled children receive developmental activities. The center staff will also provide meetings and social activities for the parents or guardians of Jose.
Most Salvadorans live in the country's subtropical central region of valleys and plateaus. A hot coastal plain is in the south and the north is mountainous. Nearly all the land is farmed; coffee is grown in the mountains.
Ninety percent of El Salvador's population is of mixed Indian and Spanish descent; about 60 percent live in urban areas. Although a few Indians have retained many of their old customs and traditions, most people have adopted the Spanish language and culture. Fifty-seven percent of Salvadorans are Catholic but there is extensive activity by Protestant groups and over twenty-one percent are Protestants. Compassion works in the central, southern and western regions of the country.
El Salvador is the smallest and most densely populated country in Central America. Spain claimed the country in 1525. Almost 300 years later, El Salvador declared its independence and, after a brief union with Mexico, joined four other Central American countries to form a federation. When this union ended in 1838, El Salvador became a republic. The country experienced a period of increasing unrest during the 1970s that culminated in a civil war in the 1980s. In 1992, a peace agreement was reached.
Map of El Salvador
Child's Location: South of San Salvador