Jonatán makes his home with his mother. Making beds, running errands and cleaning are his household duties. His mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Jonatán participates in Bible class. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer, hide-and-seek and running are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Jonatán will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Jonatán lives in the hillside community of Col. La Traves¡a, home to approximately 11,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have dirt floors. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans and rice. Common health problems in this area include parasites, malnutrition, respiratory illnesses and dental cavities. Most adults in Col. La Traves¡a work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $282 per month. This community needs paved roads, more teachers, employment opportunities and sports facilities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of CDI Coraz¢n Para Honduras to provide Jonatán with Bible classes, health, hygiene and nutrition education, medical and dental checkups, community service opportunities, vocational workshops, school supplies and academic support. The center staff will also provide evangelism, counseling and schooling for the parents or guardians of Jonatán.
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: Eastern Tegucigalpa