Samael lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include running errands and cleaning. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
Samael is not attending school because he is too young. Playing with cars, playing with marbles and playing group games are his favorite activities. He also attends church activities and Bible class regularly.
Because of your sponsorship, Samael will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Samael lives on the plains of Col. Alameda, home to approximately 12,800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and tin roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans and rice. Common health problems in this area include respiratory illnesses, skin diseases, worms and malnutrition. Most adults work in factories, as produce vendors or recycling plastic and iron and earn the equivalent of $375 per month. This community needs potable water, a sewage system, schools, vocational training centers, teachers, employment opportunities, paved streets, access to medical centers and security from gang violence.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Viñedo Child Development Center to provide Samael with Bible teaching, medical checkups, health and nutrition education, birthday celebrations, sports, school supplies, shoes, school uniforms and academic reinforcement. The center staff will also provide parenting education, evangelism, counseling and nutrition education for the parents or guardians of Samael.
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