Michell lives with her father and her mother. At home, duties include washing clothes, running errands and cleaning. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
Jumping rope, listening to music and hide-and-seek are Michell's favorite activities. In primary school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School.
Because of your sponsorship, Michell will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Michell lives in the hillside community of Col. San Buena Ventura, home to approximately 3,700 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement with tile roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans and rice. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, parasites and respiratory diseases. Most adults in Col. San Buena Ventura work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $250 per month. This community needs paved streets, educational materials, employment opportunities and an improved sewer system.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Dios Nuestro Proveedor Student Center to provide Michell with Bible teaching, medical checkups, parasite treatment, health and hygiene education, field trips, academic reinforcement, school supplies, shoes and clothes. The center staff will also provide evangelism and meetings for the parents or guardians of Michell.
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: Northern Tegucigalpa