Vanessa lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for carrying water and running errands. Her father is not employed and her mother is sometimes employed.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Vanessa participates in church activities and Bible class. She is also in kindergarten where her performance is average. Singing and jumping rope are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Vanessa will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Vanessa lives in the hillside community of Linaca, Tatumbla, home to approximately 2,700 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, rice and coffee. Common health problems in this area include respiratory illnesses, diarrhea, worms and malnutrition. Most adults in Linaca, Tatumbla work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $158 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, teachers, libraries and paved roads.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of El Mover de Dios Student Center to provide Vanessa with Bible classes, medical checkups, health and nutrition education, sports, community service opportunities, leadership development, field trips, school supplies, birthday celebrations and academic reinforcement. The center staff will also provide evangelism and parenting education for the parents or guardians of Vanessa.
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: East of Tegucigalpa