Anthony lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for carrying water, running errands and cleaning. His father is employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
Soccer, playing with marbles and bicycling are Anthony's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities.
Your care and consistent sponsorship are especially important to Anthony because he is receiving regular medical treatment. Thank you for your love and prayers.
Anthony lives in the hillside community of Aldea El Marañon, home to approximately 2,800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood or tin walls and corrugated iron roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, parasites and respiratory diseases. Most adults in Aldea El Marañon work in factories and earn the equivalent of $200 per month. This community needs paved streets, schools, vocational training centers, parks, substance abuse rehabilitation centers and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of CDI El Paraiso de Dios to provide Anthony with Bible teaching, medical checkups, health and nutrition education, vitamins, sports, birthday celebrations, academic reinforcement, school supplies, uniforms and shoes. The center staff will also provide evangelism and counseling for the parents or guardians of Anthony.
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