In her home, Victoria helps by carrying water, washing clothes and running errands. She lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother maintains the home.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Victoria participates in Bible class. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Playing jacks, jumping rope and bicycling are her favorite activities.
Please remember Victoria in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Victoria lives on the plains of Talanga, home to approximately 18,400 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, adobe walls and tile roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, plantains, rice and eggs. Common health problems in this area include parasites, respiratory illnesses, fungal infections and malnutrition. Most adults in Talanga work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $189 per month. This community needs paved streets, a sewer system, potable water, schools and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Juntos Por la Niñez Child Development Center to provide Victoria with Bible teaching, medical checkups, hygiene and health education, group games, birthday celebrations, talent shows, academic reinforcement and school supplies. The center staff will also provide evangelism, health and hygiene education and community service opportunities for the parents or guardians of Victoria.
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: Northeast of Tegucigalpa