Abel lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include carrying water, gathering firewood and running errands. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
Abel is not attending school because he is too young. Playing with cars, playing with marbles and running are his favorite activities. He also attends church activities regularly.
Your love and support will help Abel to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Abel lives on the plains of Colonia Ivan Betancourth, home to approximately 2,900 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and tile roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, potatoes and rice. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, respiratory illnesses, diarrhea, skin diseases and malaria. Most adults in Colonia Ivan Betancourth work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $150 per month. This community needs teachers, high schools, employment opportunities, health centers and water.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of La Roca de Salvación Student Center to provide Abel with Bible teaching, spiritual retreats, medical checkups, health and hygiene education, birthday parties, group games, shoes, school supplies and academic reinforcement. The center staff will also provide evangelism, health and hygiene education and community service opportunities for the parents or guardians of Abel.
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 Comayagua