Jairo makes his home with his mother. Cleaning is his household duty. His mother is employed as a laborer.
Playing with cars, art and playing ball games are Jairo's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities and Bible class.
Please remember Jairo in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Jairo lives in the hillside community of Tegucigalpa, home to approximately 21,800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and corrugated iron roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, rice, eggs and dairy products. Common health problems in this area include respiratory illnesses, diarrhea, dengue and worms. Most adults in Tegucigalpa work as street vendors or masons and earn the equivalent of $185 per month. This community has water and electricity but needs teachers, scholastic materials and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Joyas del Salvador Child Development Center to provide Jairo with Bible teaching, health and hygiene education, medical checkups, nutritious snacks, sports, special celebrations, counseling, field trips, English classes, vocational training, academic reinforcement, uniforms, shoes and school supplies. The center staff will also provide parenting education, evangelism and meetings for the parents or guardians of Jairo.
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
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