In her home, Astrid helps by running errands and cleaning. She lives with her mother. Her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer.
Astrid is not attending school because she is too young. Playing with dolls is her favorite activity. She also attends church activities and Bible class regularly.
Because of your sponsorship, Astrid will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Astrid lives in the hillside community of Col. La Travesía, home to approximately 11,600 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have dirt floors. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, bread, rice and eggs. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, parasites, respiratory illnesses, asthma, intestinal infections and allergies. Most adults work in domestic services and earn the equivalent of $286 per month. This community needs paved roads, teachers, schools, employment opportunities, libraries and security.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Beraka Fuente de Bendición Student Center to provide Astrid with Bible teaching, medical and dental checkups, health and nutrition education, group games, community service opportunities, vocational workshops, school supplies and academic reinforcement. The center staff will also provide evangelism, counseling and parenting education for the parents or guardians of Astrid.
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: East section of Tegucigalpa