Elkin lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for caring for children, caring for animals and washing clothes. His father is employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 4 children in the family.
For fun, Elkin enjoys soccer, playing with marbles and playing ball games. He attends church activities, Bible class and camp regularly and is in primary school where his performance is above average.
Please remember Elkin in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Elkin lives in the hillside community of Colinas de Canada, Villanueva, home to approximately 1,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of earth floors, plastic sheet or wood walls and tin roofs.
The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, eggs and rice. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, parasites, allergies and respiratory illnesses. Most adults are unemployed but some work in factories or as masonry assistants and earn the equivalent of $157 per month. This community needs schools, vocational training centers, employment opportunities, electricity, improved sanitation and clean drinking water.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of CDI Colinas de Esperanza to provide Elkin with Christian education, medical and dental checkups, vitamins, sports, community service activities, tutoring, school uniforms and supplies, shoes, vocational training and field trips. The center staff will also provide education and counseling for the parents or guardians of Elkin.
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: Southeast of San Pedro Sula