Gustavo lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. Gustavo works at home carrying water, gathering firewood and running errands. There are 4 children in the family.
For fun, Gustavo enjoys soccer, swimming and art. He attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in primary school where his performance is above average.
Please remember Gustavo in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Gustavo lives on the plains of San Francisco de los Valles, home to approximately 2,400 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, adobe walls and tile roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas and chicken. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, respiratory illnesses and diarrhea. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $184 per month. This community needs schools, qualified teachers, employment opportunities, paved roads and a sewer system.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Centro de Desarrollo Integral Monte de Sión to provide Gustavo with Bible classes, medical checkups, health and hygiene education, sports, etiquette training, field trips, school supplies, academic reinforcement and shoes. The center staff will also provide evangelism, nutrition and health education and child development training for the parents or guardians of Gustavo.
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