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Douglas José Espinal Palma  

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  • Age: 4
  • Birthday: September 27, 2009
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Honduras
  • Center: Conquistadores del Reino Student Center
  • Child ID: HO2860283
José makes his home with his father and his mother. Cleaning is his household duty. His father is employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.

For fun, José enjoys playing with cars, running and playing group games. He attends church activities regularly and is in kindergarten where his performance is average.

Please remember José in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
José lives in the hillside community of Aldea Las Casitas, home to approximately 4,600 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, bananas, chicken, bread, plantains, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, fevers, respiratory illnesses and skin diseases. Most adults in Aldea Las Casitas work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $248 per month. This community has water, electricity and telephone service but needs paved streets, qualified teachers, employment opportunities and environmental protection awareness.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Conquistadores del Reino Student Center to provide José with Bible teaching, medical checkups, health, nutrition and hygiene education, field trips and academic reinforcement. The center staff will also provide meetings, evangelism and health education for the parents or guardians of José.
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: Southeast of Tegucigalpa

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  • Most important of all, your sponsored child will hear about Jesus Christ and be encouraged to develop a lifelong relationship with God.

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