In his home, Waldir helps by washing clothes, helping in the kitchen and running errands. He lives with his mother. His mother is sometimes employed as a laborer.
For fun, Waldir enjoys soccer and listening to music. He attends Bible class regularly and is in high school where his performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Waldir will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Waldir lives in the mountainous community of Colonia Los Angeles, Berlin, home to approximately 25,000. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, cement walls and corrugated iron roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans and rice. Common health problems in this are include diarrhea, colds, bronchitis and asthma. Most adults are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $69 per month. This community has water and electricity but needs tuition assistance, scholastic materials, law enforcement and alcohol abuse prevention programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Monte Sinai Student Center to provide Waldir with Bible teaching, medical exams, health and hygiene instruction, recreational and developmental activities, tutoring, educational classes, nutritious snacks, as well as sewing, music and poultry farming lessons. The center staff will also provide educational meetings for the parents or guardians of Waldir.
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 Usulutan