Javier lives with his mother. He is responsible for gathering firewood. His mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 2 children in the family.
For fun, Javier enjoys soccer, playing with marbles and bicycling. He attends Vacation Bible School regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Please remember Javier in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Javier lives in the hillside community of Col. Arciery, home to approximately 11,600 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood walls and tin roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, rice and eggs. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, dental cavities and respiratory illnesses. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $250 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, garbage collection service, additional public schools and parks.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Generación Victoriosa Student Center to provide Javier with Bible teaching, medical checkups, health and nutrition education, group games, birthday celebrations, cultural activities, academic reinforcement, school supplies, school uniforms and shoes. The center staff will also provide evangelism, family recreation activities and parenting education for the parents or guardians of Javier.
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 of Tegucigalpa