Johany makes his home with his mother. Making beds, running errands and cleaning are his household duties. His mother is employed as a laborer.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Johany participates in church activities and Bible class. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer, playing with cars and playing ball games are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Johany will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Johany lives in the hillside community of Colonia Nueva Era, home to approximately 3,600 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, wood walls and corrugated iron roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, eggs and rice. Common health problems in this area include respiratory illnesses, digestive disorders, skin diseases and worms. Most adults in Colonia Nueva Era work in domestic services and earn the equivalent of $250 per month. This community needs clean water, schools, employment opportunities, higher wages and scholastic materials.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Dios Nuestra Fortaleza Student Center to provide Johany with Bible teaching, health and hygiene instruction, medical checkups, recreational activities, retreats, academic support, scholastic materials and clothing. The center staff will also provide evangelism and literacy training for the parents or guardians of Johany.
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: West section of Tegucigalpa