Fernando lives with his father and his mother. His father is employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. Fernando works at home gathering firewood and running errands. There are 2 children in the family.
Fernando is not attending school because he is too young. Playing with cars, playing with marbles and playing ball games are his favorite activities. He also attends Bible class and Vacation Bible School regularly.
Your love and support will help Fernando to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Fernando lives in the mountainous community of Santa Rosa de Copán, home to approximately 6,400 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and tile roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, respiratory illnesses and diarrhea. Most adults in Santa Rosa de Copán work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $236 per month. This community needs schools, vocational training centers and drug and alcohol abuse rehabilitation centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Amigos Student Center to provide Fernando with Bible teaching, health education, medical checkups, sports, hygiene and nutrition education, etiquette training, academic reinforcement, school supplies and shoes. The center staff will also provide evangelism, nutrition and health education and child development training 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: Central Santa Rosa de Copán