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Esther Abigaíl Castillo Rodríguez  

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  • Age: 5
  • Birthday: April 24, 2008
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Honduras
  • Center: CDI Gracia y Paz
  • Child ID: HO3400307
Esther makes her home with her mother. Gathering firewood, caring for animals and running errands are her household duties. Her mother is sometimes employed. There are 4 children in the family.

As part of Compassion's ministry, Esther participates in church activities. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Playing with dolls and running are her favorite activities.

Your love and support will help Esther to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Esther lives in the community of Aldea La Nueva Garroba, Potrerillos, Cortes, home to approximately 4,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tin roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.

The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, plantains, rice, potatoes, eggs and cheese. Common health problems in this area include respiratory illnesses, allergies, malnutrition and worms. Most of the adults work in agriculture and earn the equivalent of $250 per month. This community needs schools, employment opportunities and drug and alcohol abuse rehabilitation centers.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of CDI Gracia y Paz to provide Esther with Bible teaching, medical checkups, immunizations, nutrition education, special celebrations, academic reinforcement, vocational training, school uniforms, shoes and school supplies. The center staff will also provide parenting education for the parents or guardians of Esther.
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: South of San Pedro Sula

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Your tax-deductible contribution of just $38 a month connects your child with a loving, church-based Child Sponsorship Program.  

Your support provides:

  • Food and clean water
  • Medical care
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  • Important life-skills training
  • Most important of all, your sponsored child will hear about Jesus Christ and be encouraged to develop a lifelong relationship with God.

When you sponsor a child, you'll receive your child's photo, personal story and a child sponsorship packet by mail in approximately 10 days.

When children find out they've been sponsored, the joy they feel is indescribable. Just knowing that someone across the globe cares means more than you can imagine. Sponsoring a child will profoundly change the future for your child, and will change your own life as well.