In his home, Gustavo helps by running errands. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Gustavo participates in Bible class. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer, playing with cars and playing group games are his favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Gustavo to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Gustavo lives on the plains of Colonia San Jorge, home to approximately 2,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and corrugated iron roofs. The regional diet consists of maize, beans, plantains, rice and eggs.
Common health problems in this area include respiratory illnesses and malnutrition. Most adults work in factories and earn the equivalent of $175 per month. This community needs high schools, employment opportunities, increased salaries, improved streets and health centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of CDI Brazos Abiertos to provide Gustavo with Bible teaching, medical checkups, health and nutrition education, vitamins, dental treatment, sports, birthday celebrations, community service opportunities, academic reinforcement, school uniforms, shoes and school supplies. The center staff will also provide evangelism, counseling and nutrition education for the parents or guardians of Gustavo.
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: East section of El Progreso