Denzel lives with his mother. He is responsible for caring for animals. His mother is sometimes employed. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Denzel enjoys soccer, playing with cars and running. He attends church activities regularly and is in kindergarten where his performance is average.
Denzel has impaired speech and is visually impaired. Please pray for him and be assured that your sponsorship helps him to live a fulfilled life.
Denzel lives in the hillside community of El Reparto, home to approximately 18,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and corrugated iron roofs. The population is comprised of Mestizos and the spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, bread and butter. Common health problems in this area include respiratory illnesses, allergies, malnutrition and parasites. Most adults in El Reparto work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $282 per month. This community needs employment opportunities and vocational training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Beth Shalom Student Center to provide Denzel with Bible teaching, medical checkups, health and hygiene education, snacks, sports, birthday celebrations, counseling, academic support and school supplies. The center staff will also provide meetings, evangelism and counseling for the parents or guardians of Denzel.
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