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Engel Steven Zuniga Lopez  

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  • Age: 13
  • Birthday: July 25, 2001
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Nicaragua
  • Center: Centro de Desarrollo Integral Faro de Luz
  • Child ID: NI1700181
In his home, Engel helps by carrying water, making beds and helping in the kitchen. He lives with his mother. His mother is employed as a laborer. There are 2 children in the family.

Ping pong, soccer and basketball are Engel's favorite activities. In high school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities.

Because of your sponsorship, Engel will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Engel lives on the plains of San Judas, home to approximately 28,900 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, block walls and corrugated iron roofs.

The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, bread, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include respiratory disorders, diarrhea and arthritis. Half of the adults in San Judas are unemployed but some work in factories, domestic services or as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $130 per month. This community needs libraries, marriage counseling, drinkable water, improved security and employment opportunities.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Centro de Desarrollo Integral Faro de Luz to provide Engel with Bible teaching, medical exams, preventative health classes, de-worming, nutritious food, counseling, special celebrations, field trips, handicraft training, tutoring and school supplies. The center staff will also provide meetings, evangelism, counseling, classes and opportunities for project involvement for the parents or guardians of Engel.
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.

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Child's Location: Southwestern Managua

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