In her home, Ricsy helps by running errands and cleaning. She lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. There are 7 children in the family.
Ricsy is not attending school because she is too young. Singing and art are her favorite activities. She also attends church activities regularly.
Please remember Ricsy in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Ricsy lives in the coastal community of Cofradia, home to approximately 65,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt or cement floors; wood, tin or bamboo walls; and plastic sheet or tin 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 Cofradia work in factories or as animal herders and earn the equivalent of $200 per month. This community needs schools, vocational training centers, electricity, paved streets, parks and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of CDI Rocío del Cielo to provide Ricsy with Bible teaching, medical checkups, health and nutrition education, vitamins, sports, etiquette training, birthday celebrations, academic reinforcement, school uniforms, shoes, school supplies and educational field trips. The center staff will also provide evangelism, counseling and parenting and nutrition education for the parents or guardians of Ricsy.
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: Southwest of San Pedro Sula