In her home, Karen helps by helping in the kitchen, running errands and cleaning. She lives with her brother and her mother. Her brother is not employed and her mother is employed. There are 4 children in the family.
Jumping rope, hide-and-seek and playing group games are Karen's favorite activities. In primary school her performance is below average and she also regularly attends church activities.
Your prayers are especially appreciated for Karen because she is deaf in one ear. Your sponsorship helps provide the care and love she needs.
Karen lives in the mountainous community of Santa Rosa de Copan, home to approximately 12,100 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, adobe walls and tile roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, guinea pig, beef, potatoes, bananas and rice. Common health problems in this area include respiratory illnesses, worms and diarrhea. Most adults in Santa Rosa de Copan work as day laborers or masons and earn the equivalent of $158 per month. This community needs scholastic materials and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of El Buen Samaritano Student Center to provide Karen with Bible classes, medical checkups, health and hygiene classes, academic reinforcement, group games, birthday parties, scholastic materials, uniforms and shoes. The center staff will also provide evangelism and parenting education for the parents or guardians of Karen.
Two mountain ranges divide Honduras and tropical lowlands line both coasts. The climate varies according to altitude; higher regions are temperate and the lowlands are tropical. The rainy season lasts from May to October.
Honduras is one of the poorest countries in Central America. Eighty-seven percent of the people are peasants of Indian and Spanish ancestry. Honduras is primarily an agricultural country. It's major exports are bananas, coffee, timber, beef and sugar. The majority of Hondurans are Catholic although there's a fast-growing minority of Protestants. Compassion works in Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula and in the central and western parts of the country.
Originally inhabited by a Mayan civilization, Honduras was colonized by the Spanish in the early 1500s and gained its independence in 1821. Part of a short-lived confederation of Central American states, Honduras became a separate republic in 1838. Tegucigalpa is the capital and the largest city with a population of 7,480,000.
Internal conflict, skirmishes with neighboring countries and military dictatorship led to decades of political unrest in Honduras. During a stable period from 1955 to 1957, important social progress was made. An elected civilian government took power in 1982, the country's first in ten years. In 1998, the country was devastated by Hurricane Mitch, which killed about 5,600 people and caused almost $1 billion in damage.
Map of Honduras
Child's Location: South section of Santa Rosa de Copan