Steven makes his home with his stepfather and his mother. Making beds, running errands and cleaning are his household duties. His stepfather is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is employed as a laborer. There are 2 children in the family.
Playing with cars, playing ball games and bicycling are Steven's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities and Vacation Bible School.
Because of your sponsorship, Steven will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Steven lives on the plains of Camalote, home to approximately 1,700 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, rice, eggs, chicken and fish. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, respiratory and stomach illnesses, diarrhea, skin diseases and asthma. Most adults in Camalote work as casual laborers and earn the equivalent of $184 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, schools, qualified teachers and vocational training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of CDI Promesas de Jesus to provide Steven with Bible classes, medical checkups, health and hygiene education, sports, field trips, school supplies, shoes and academic reinforcement. The center staff will also provide evangelism, nutrition, adult literacy programs and health education and child development training for the parents or guardians of Steven.
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: Northwest of San Pedro Sula