Ricardo lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include carrying water, gathering firewood and caring for animals. There are 3 children in the family. His father is employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed as a laborer.
For fun, Ricardo enjoys soccer, singing and playing group games. He attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Ricardo will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Ricardo lives on the plains of Cantón El Amatal, home to approximately 25,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and tin roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bread, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, fevers, influenza and urinary tract infections. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $105 per month. This community has electricity but needs schools, vocational training centers, employment opportunities and affordable housing.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of El Amatal en Bendición Student Center to provide Ricardo with Bible teaching, medical and dental checkups, hygiene education, vitamins, birthday celebrations, sports, academic reinforcement, nutritious snacks and computer training. The center staff will also provide parenting education and committee meetings for the parents or guardians of Ricardo.
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: Southeast of San Miguel