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Juan Carlos Castillo Vargas  

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  • Age: 8
  • Birthday: October 2, 2006
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Honduras
  • Center: CDI Somos un Pueblo Unico y Diferente
  • Child ID: HO2660409
Carlos lives with his stepfather and his mother. He is responsible for making beds, running errands and cleaning. His stepfather is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.

Playing with cars and bicycling are Carlos's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is average and he also regularly attends Bible class.

Your love and support will help Carlos to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Carlos lives in the mountainous community of Colonia El Rosario, home to approximately 2,600 residents. Typical houses are constructed of tile floors, brick walls and corrugated iron roofs. The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, guinea pig, bread, beef, plantains, rice and potatoes.

Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, worms and respiratory illnesses. Most adults in Colonia El Rosario work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $263 per month. This community needs vocational training programs, employment opportunities and security.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of CDI Somos Un Pueblo Unico y Diferente to provide Carlos with Christian education, medical checkups, de-worming, health, hygiene and nutrition education, field trips, academic support, school supplies, shoes, clothes and life skills workshops. The center staff will also provide meetings, evangelism and health education for the parents or guardians of Carlos.
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.

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Child's Location: North section of Tegucigalpa

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