Alexa makes her home with her father and her mother. Making beds, helping in the kitchen and running errands are her household duties. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home.
For fun, Alexa enjoys art, playing with dolls and jumping rope. She attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in primary school where her performance is above average.
Because of your sponsorship, Alexa will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Alexa lives in the northern section of Tegucigalpa, home to approximately 4,900 residents. Typical houses are constructed of tile floors, brick walls and corrugated iron roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, rice and coffee. Common health problems in this area include parasites, skin diseases and respiratory infections. Most adults in Tegucigalpa work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $271 per month. This community needs proper sanitation, paved roads and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Cántico Nuevo Student Center to provide Alexa with Bible teaching, health screenings, nutrition education, recreational activities, community service opportunities, academic reinforcement, vocational training, school supplies, uniforms and shoes. The center staff will also provide evangelism and meetings for the parents or guardians of Alexa.
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: North section of Tegucigalpa