Edwin lives with his father and his mother. His father is employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. Edwin works at home making beds, running errands and cleaning. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Edwin participates in Bible class. He is also in primary school where his performance is below average. Soccer, playing with cars and singing are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Edwin will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Edwin lives in the hillside community of Colonia Lomas del Norte, Comayaguela M.D.C., home to approximately 4,800 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, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include respiratory illnesses, skin diseases and diarrhea. Most adults work as day laborers, in domestic service or as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $250 per month. This community needs a sewer system, employment opportunities, high schools, phone service, parks, police stations and substance abuse rehabilitation centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of CDI Luz en mi Camino to provide Edwin with Bible teaching, medical checkups, vitamins, health and nutrition education, dental treatment, sports, birthday celebrations, academic reinforcement, school uniforms, shoes and school supplies. The center staff will also provide evangelism for the parents or guardians of Edwin.
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: Northeast of central Tegucigalpa