José makes his home with his father and his mother. Running errands and cleaning are his household duties. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed as a seller in the market. There are 2 children in the family.
Soccer, playing with cars and hide-and-seek are José's favorite activities. In kindergarten his performance is average and he also regularly attends Bible class.
Because of your sponsorship, José will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
José lives on the plains of San Juan, Intibuca, home to approximately 5,100 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and tile roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, guinea pig, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include respiratory diseases, worms and malnutrition. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $119 per month. This community needs school supplies, winter clothing, employment opportunities and recreation centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Betesda Student Center to provide José with Bible classes, medical checkups, health and hygiene education, academic reinforcement, group games, birthday parties, school supplies, uniforms and shoes. The center staff will also provide evangelism and parenting education for the parents or guardians of José.
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 Gracias