Fernando lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother maintains the home. Fernando works at home carrying water, gathering firewood and running errands. There are 4 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Fernando participates in Bible class. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer, playing with cars and playing group games are his favorite activities.
Please remember Fernando in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Fernando lives in the mountainous community of Santa Cruz, home to approximately 5,800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and tile roofs. The primary ethnic group is Lenca and the spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include respiratory illnesses, diarrhea and worms. Most adults in Santa Cruz work in agriculture and earn the equivalent of $80 per month. This community needs paved roads, secondary schools, scholastic materials and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Luz y Vida Student Center to provide Fernando with Bible classes, health and hygiene education, medical checkups, group games, birthday parties, academic reinforcement, school supplies, shoes and uniforms. The center staff will also provide parenting education and evangelism for the parents or guardians of Fernando.
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 Gracias