Kelin lives with her father and her mother. At home, duties include making beds, running errands and cleaning. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Kelin participates in church activities. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Playing jacks, playing with dolls and jumping rope are her favorite activities.
Please remember Kelin in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Kelin lives in the mountainous community of Caserío Pacheco, Aldea Tepanguare, La Paz, home to approximately 4,900 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and tile roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, coffee and rice. Common health problems in this area include respiratory illnesses, worms, diarrhea and dengue fever. Most adults work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $150 per month. This community needs proper sanitation, clean water, vocational training centers, employment opportunities and health centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Monte Sinai Student Center to provide Kelin with Bible teaching, medical checkups, nutritious food, vaccines, games, field trips, school supplies, shoes and clothes. The center staff will also provide special celebrations and child development education for the parents or guardians of Kelin.
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: Southwest of Comayagua