Josué lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include gathering firewood and running errands. There are 5 children in the family. His father is sometimes employed as a seller in the market and his mother maintains the home.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Josué participates in church activities. He is also in primary school where his performance is below average. Soccer, playing with marbles and bicycling are his favorite activities.
Please remember Josué in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Josué lives in one of the hillside communities of Aldea La Concepción, Santa Cruz de Yojoa or Cortés, home to approximately 1,900 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, mud walls and tile roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, plantains, rice, eggs and coffee. Common health problems in this area include parasites, respiratory illnesses and malnutrition. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $80 per month. These communities need sewer systems, water, paved streets, schools, employment opportunities and increased security.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Casa del Alfarero Student Center to provide Josué with Christian education, medical checkups, dental treatment, nutrition and hygiene education, sports, birthday celebrations, academic support, school supplies, uniforms and shoes. The center staff will also provide evangelism for the parents or guardians of Josué.
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 of San Pedro Sula