Franklin lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for making beds and cleaning. His father is employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 4 children in the family.
Soccer, playing with marbles and bicycling are Franklin's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School.
Because of your sponsorship, Franklin will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Franklin lives in the mountainous community of Ciudad Barrios, home to approximately 38,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and corrugated iron roofs. The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bread and rice.
Common health problems in this area include parasites, diarrhea, anemia and undernourishment. Most adults in Ciudad Barrios work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $96 per month. This community has water, electricity and telephone service but needs public schools, libraries, educational materials, medical centers and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Niños de Jesús Student Center to provide Franklin with Bible teaching, medical and dental checkups, vitamins, hygiene education, nutritious snacks, birthday celebrations, games, academic reinforcement, computer training and development of musical and artistic skills. The center staff will also provide meetings and family counseling for the parents or guardians of Franklin.
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: Northern Ciudad Barrios