Randal makes his home with his father and his mother. Making beds, helping in the kitchen and running errands are his household duties. His father is employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 4 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Randal participates in church activities. He is also in primary school where his performance is above average. Playing a musical instrument, soccer and playing with cars are his favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Randal to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Randal lives on the plains of Barrio Pantasma, home to approximately 2,800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have corrugated iron roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, bread and rice. Common health problems in this area include respiratory illnesses, malnutrition and malaria. Most adults in Barrio Pantasma are unemployed but some work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $83 per month. This community has potable water, electricity and a sewer system but needs employment opportunities and law enforcement.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Amiguitos de Israel Student Center to provide Randal with Bible teaching, medical exams, games, special celebrations, literacy training, homework supervision, uniforms, shoes and scholastic materials. The center staff will also provide meetings for the parents or guardians of Randal.
With the Pacific Ocean on the west and the Caribbean Sea to the east, Nicaragua is the second largest country in Central America, after Mexico. The country has three different geographic regions: the Pacific lowlands, the north-central mountains and the Caribbean lowlands, also called the Mosquito Coast or Mosquitía. The climate is tropical in the lowlands and cooler in the highlands. The Mosquito Coast is an outlet for many of the large rivers originating in the central mountains. It is a sparsely populated rainforest area. Seventeen percent of the country has been given national park status.
The Nicaraguan population, mostly of indigenous and European ancestry, is more urban than rural. Spanish is the official language but on the Caribbean coast, Creole English and indigenous languages are also spoken. Poetry is one of Nicaragua's most loved arts. Even though most Nicaraguans are Catholic, during the 20th century Protestant denominations increased their membership, particularly in the western half of the country.
In 1524, Hernandez de Cordoba founded the first permanent Spanish settlements in the region. Nicaragua gained independence from Spain in 1821, briefly becoming a part of the Mexican Empire. In 1838, Nicaragua became an independent republic. The country began free-market reforms in 1991, after 12 years of economic free fall under the Sandinista regime. Despite some initial setbacks, Nicaragua has made dramatic progress. Nicaragua is primarily an agricultural country but construction, mining, fisheries, exports and general commerce have added to its stability and the well-being of its people.
In November 1998, Hurricane Mitch ravaged Nicaragua. Heavy rains followed and triggered a mudslide at Volcán Casita that buried several villages. Over 3,000 Nicaraguans died as a result of the hurricane. Several nations cancelled Nicaragua's debt in late 1999 as a result of the tragedy and the country is rebuilding slowly.
Map of Nicaragua
Child's Location: In Managua