In his home, Jonatan helps by carrying water, gathering firewood and running errands. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
Jonatan is not presently attending school. Soccer, playing with cars and bicycling are his favorite activities. He also attends Bible class regularly.
Because of your sponsorship, Jonatan will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Jonatan lives on the plains of Cantón Concepcion Jalponga, home to approximately 2,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors and mud walls.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include dengue fever, diarrhea, skin diseases and the flu. Most adults are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $96 per month. This community has drinking water and electricity but needs schools, employment opportunities, clothes, houses and English teachers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Melquisedec Student Center to provide Jonatan with Bible classes, sports, birthday celebrations, nutritional snacks, hygiene education, medical and dental checkups, field trips, typing training and community service opportunities. The center staff will also provide parenting education for the parents or guardians of Jonatan.
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: West of Zacatecoluca