In his home, Ismael helps by carrying water and running errands. He lives with his stepfather and his mother. His stepfather is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 4 children in the family.
Soccer and bicycling are Ismael's favorite activities. In middle school his performance is below average and he also regularly attends Bible class, youth group and camp.
Ismael has asthma and is receiving regular medical treatment. Please pray for him and be assured that your sponsorship helps him to live a fulfilled life.
Ismael lives in the hillside community of Fuerzas Unidas, home to approximately 4,700 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, wood walls and tin roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of beans, rice and eggs. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, parasites, dental problems and respiratory illnesses. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $250 per month. This community needs paved streets, improved basic services, schools, vocational training facilities and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Pr¡ncipe de Paz Student Center to provide Ismael with Bible teaching, health and nutrition education, medical checkups, birthday parties, cultural activities, field trips, academic support, school supplies, uniforms and shoes. The center staff will also provide evangelism, schooling and family recreational activities for the parents or guardians of Ismael.
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 Tegucigalpa