Stephanie lives with her mother. She is responsible for carrying water, caring for children and running errands. Her mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Stephanie participates in church activities. She is also in kindergarten where her performance is average. Art, playing with dolls and jumping rope are her favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Stephanie to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Stephanie lives in the coastal community of Aldea San Jose del Boquerón, home to approximately 3,900 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have dirt floors. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken and rice. Common health problems in the area include respiratory illnesses and diarrhea. Most adults in Aldea San Jose del Boquerón work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $275 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, a sewage system, water and street repairs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Hacia una Vida Nueva Student Center to provide Stephanie with Christian education, medical checkups, nutrition and hygiene education, recreational activities, birthday celebrations, school reinforcement, school uniforms, shoes and school supplies. The center staff will also provide evangelism, nutrition education and counseling for the parents or guardians of Stephanie.
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: Northwest of San Pedro Sula