In his home, Juan helps by working at various household chores. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Juan participates in church activities and Bible class. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Playing with cars, singing and listening to music are his favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Juan to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Juan lives in the coastal community of Cantón El Huisquil, home to approximately 10,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and plastic sheet roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, fish, bread, plantains, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include the flu, malnutrition and parasites. Most adults are unemployed but some work as fishermen and earn the equivalent of $75 per month. This community needs vocational training, libraries, employment opportunities and adequate housing.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Refugio de David Student Center to provide Juan with Bible teaching, medical checkups, hygiene education, nutritious meals, sports, special celebrations, field trips, tutoring, painting workshops, handicrafts and vocational training. Seventy five percent of the children in this project do not attend school because they are underage. The center staff will also provide special celebrations and meetings for the parents or guardians of Juan.
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 La Unión