Eduardo lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for making beds. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home.
Eduardo is not attending school because he is too young. Soccer, playing with cars and playing with marbles are his favorite activities. He also attends Bible class regularly.
Please remember Eduardo in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Eduardo lives on the plains of Hacienda Astoria, home to approximately 3,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, brick walls and tin roofs. The regional diet consist of maize, beans, chicken, bread, beef, plantains, rice and potatoes.
Common health problems in this area include fevers, headaches, stomach diseases and the flu. Most adults in Hacienda Astoria work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $120 per month. This community has electricity, street lights and drinking water but needs vocational training centers, libraries, permanent employment opportunities and alcohol abuse prevention programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Palabra Viva Student Center to provide Eduardo with Bible classes, medical checkups, nutritious meals, hygiene education, birthday celebrations, self-esteem and values education, academic reinforcement, sports and vocational workshops. The center staff will also provide meetings for the parents or guardians of Eduardo.
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: Southwest of Zacatecoluca