Marlon lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include carrying water, gardening and cleaning. His father is employed and his mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Marlon enjoys soccer, swimming and bicycling. He attends church activities, Bible class and youth group regularly and is in middle school where his performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Marlon will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Marlon lives on the plains of Moncagua, home to approximately 232,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and corrugated iron roofs. The population is comprised of Mestizos and the most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bread and cassava. Common health problems in this area include vomiting, flu, fevers and diarrhea. Half the adults in Moncagua are unemployed but some work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $137 per month. This community has utility services available but needs primary schools and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Horeb Children's Development Center to provide Marlon with Bible teaching, medical and dental checkups, camps, celebrations, sports, handcrafts, typing, computer and English classes. The center staff will also provide recreational activities for the parents or guardians of Marlon.
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: Northwest of San Miguel