Emerson lives with his father and his mother. His father is employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. Emerson works at home running errands and cleaning. There are 4 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Emerson participates in church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School. He is also in kindergarten where his performance is average. Soccer and bicycling are his favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Emerson to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Emerson lives on the plains of Colonia 15 de Octubre, Sector Calpules, home to approximately 7,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood walls and tin roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, rice and eggs. Common health problems in this area include skin diseases, anemia, diarrhea and acute respiratory illnesses. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $280 per month. This community needs water, a sewage system, schools, employment opportunities and recreation centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of CDI Preparando Niños para el Mañana to provide Emerson with a Christian education, medical checkups, hygiene and nutrition education, birthday celebrations, sports, academic reinforcement, educational field trips, school supplies, uniforms and shoes. The center staff will also provide evangelism, counseling and nutrition education for the parents or guardians of Emerson.
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 of San Pedro Sula