Marina lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for carrying water, gathering firewood and running errands. Her father is employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Marina participates in church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School. She is also in kindergarten where her performance is average. Singing, playing with dolls and running are her favorite activities.
Please remember Marina in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Marina lives in the mountainous community of Nacaome, Valle, home to approximately 55,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt, cement or mud brick floors; wood or adobe walls; and wood, tin or tile roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans and rice. Common health problems in this area include respiratory infections, skin diseases, diarrhea, asthma and renal diseases. Most adults work in factories and earn the equivalent of $200 per month. This community needs educational materials, employment opportunities, police stations, parks and substance abuse rehabilitation centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of CDI Vencedores to provide Marina with Bible teaching, medical checkups, health and nutrition education, vitamins, dental treatment, sports, birthday celebrations, school supplies, shoes, academic reinforcement and school uniforms. The center staff will also provide evangelism, nutrition education and literacy classes for the parents or guardians of Marina.
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 Choluteca