Manuel lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for carrying water, gathering firewood and running errands. His father is sometimes employed and his mother is sometimes employed. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Manuel participates in church activities. He is also in kindergarten where his performance is average. Soccer, playing with marbles and hide-and-seek are his favorite activities.
Please remember Manuel in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Manuel lives on the plains of Colonia Valladolid, home to approximately 9,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, adobe walls and tile roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans and rice. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, respiratory illnesses, stomach infections and the flu. Most adults in Colonia Valladolid work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $157 per month. This community needs paved streets, a sewer system, schools, vocational training centers, employment opportunities and drug and alcohol abuse rehabilitation centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of CDI Una Nueva Visión to provide Manuel with Bible classes, medical checkups, sports, cultural activities, field trips, vocational training, school supplies, uniforms, shoes, academic reinforcement and health and nutrition education. The center staff will also provide evangelism, literacy training and health and hygiene education for the parents or guardians of Manuel.
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: Southwest of Comayagua