Rodcell lives with his mother. His duties at home include caring for animals and running errands. His mother maintains the home.
For fun, Rodcell enjoys soccer, singing and hide-and-seek. He attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in primary school where his performance is above average.
Because of your sponsorship, Rodcell will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Rodcell lives on the plains of Ciudad Sandino, home to approximately 165,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement with corrugated iron roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, fish, bread, rice, potatoes, and goat. Common health problems in this area include respiratory diseases, diarrhea, parasites, allergies and malaria. Most adults in Ciudad Sandino are unemployed but some work in factories and earn the equivalent of $71 per month. This community has electricity, potable water and telephone service but needs libraries, scholastic materials, employment opportunities, food and improved housing.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Centro de Desarrollo Integral Hosanna to provide Rodcell with Christian education classes, medical checkups, health education, nutritious food, sports, special celebrations, vocational classes and tutoring. The center staff will also provide child development training and evangelism for the parents or guardians of Rodcell.
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: West of Managua