Axel lives with his uncle and his mother. He is responsible for running errands. His uncle is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Axel enjoys soccer, playing with cars and bicycling. He attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Your care and consistent sponsorship are especially important to Axel because he has asthma and is receiving regular medical treatment. Thank you for your love and prayers.
Axel lives on the plains of El Progreso Yoro, home to approximately 8,400 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have corrugated tin roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of eggs, rice, cheese, tortillas, maize, beans and plantains. Common health problems in this area include respiratory illnesses, malnutrition, allergies, diarrhea and skin rashes. Most adults in El Progreso Yoro work in factories and earn the equivalent of $295 per month. This community needs schools, vocational training centers, parks and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Nuevo Niño en Cristo Student Center to provide Axel with Bible teaching, medical checkups, hygiene and health education, nutritious food, community service opportunities, school supplies, uniform, shoes and homework help. The center staff will also provide evangelism and hygiene and nutrition classes for the parents or guardians of Axel.
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: South section of El Progreso