Dulce makes her home with her father and her mother. Making beds, running errands and cleaning are her household duties. Her father is employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. There are 5 children in the family.
For fun, Dulce enjoys playing with dolls and jumping rope. She attends Bible class regularly and is in primary school where her performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Dulce will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Dulce lives in the hillside community of Colonia La Cuesta, home to approximately 4,900 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, adobe walls and corrugated iron roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, respiratory illnesses and diarrhea. Most adults in Colonia La Cuesta work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $250 per month. This community needs paved streets, schools, teachers, employment opportunities and drug and substance abuse rehabilitation centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Creciendo en Luz Student Center to provide Dulce with Bible teaching, health checkups, nutritious food, health and nutrition education, sports, character development programs, academic reinforcement, scholastic materials, uniforms and vocational training. The center staff will also provide meetings and spiritual activities for the parents or guardians of Dulce.
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