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Josthin Ismael Betanzo Flores  

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  • Age: 7
  • Birthday: July 22, 2007
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Honduras
  • Center: Esmirna Student Center
  • Child ID: HO3210382
Josthin lives with his grandmother. His duties at home include making beds, helping in the kitchen and running errands. There are 2 children in the family. His grandmother is sometimes employed as a laborer.

As part of Compassion's ministry, Josthin participates in church activities and Bible class. He is also in primary school where his performance is above average. Soccer, playing with marbles and bicycling are his favorite activities.

Your love and support will help Josthin to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Josthin lives on the plains of Barrio Medina, home to approximately 5,100 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have corrugated iron roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.

The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, plantains, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, respiratory illnesses and skin diseases. Most adults in Barrio Medina work in factories and earn the equivalent of $280 per month. This community needs vocational training centers, employment opportunities, food and housing.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Esmirna Student Center to provide Josthin with Christian education, medical checkups, nutritious meals, health and hygiene education, social events, field trips, academic reinforcement and school supplies. The center staff will also provide meetings, evangelism and health and hygiene education for the parents or guardians of Josthin.
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.

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Child's Location: Southeastern San Pedro Sula

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