In his home, Gabriel helps by making beds, running errands and cleaning. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Gabriel participates in church activities. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer, bicycling and playing group games are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Gabriel will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Gabriel lives in Puerto Cortés, home to approximately 9,600 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have corrugated iron roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken and rice. Common health problems in this area include malaria, malnutrition, respiratory illnesses, diarrhea and skin diseases. Most adults in Puerto Cortés work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $275 per month. This community needs more schools, qualified teachers, employment opportunities and vocational training centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Nazareno Student Center to provide Gabriel with Bible teaching, medical checkups, health and hygiene education, group games, birthday parties, academic reinforcement, school supplies, shoes and transporation. The center staff will also provide evangelism and health and nutrition education for the parents or guardians of Gabriel.
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: Central section of Puerto Cortés