Mirna lives with her father and her mother. Her duties at home include making beds, running errands and cleaning. There are 3 children in the family. Her father is employed as a laborer and her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Mirna participates in church activities and Bible class. She is also in middle school where her performance is average. Basketball and playing group games are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Mirna will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Mirna lives in the hillside community of Cofradia, home to approximately 5,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have zinc roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, rice and spaghetti. Common health problems in this area include respiratory illnesses, malnutrition, dengue, allergies and diarrhea. Most adults in Cofradia work in factories and earn the equivalent of $176 per month. This community has electricity but needs vocational training centers, employment opportunities, paved streets and schools.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Amigos de Jesús Student Center to provide Mirna with Bible teaching, medical and dental checkups, health and hygiene education, field trips, group games, special celebrations, counseling, academic reinforcement, school supplies, uniforms and shoes. The center staff will also provide evangelism, special celebrations and opportunities for project involvement for the parents or guardians of Mirna.
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: West section of Danli