Fernando lives with his mother. His duties at home include carrying water, washing clothes and making beds. There are 5 children in the family. His mother is sometimes employed.
For fun, Fernando enjoys soccer, playing with cars and art. He attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in high school where his performance is average.
Your love and support will help Fernando to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Fernando lives on the plains of Barrio Eduardo Contreras, home to approximately 4,200 residents. Typical houses are constructed of brick and have corrugated iron roofs. The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, bread, plantains and rice.
Common health problems in this include flu, coughs, parasites and diarrhea. Most adults are unemployed but some work in factories and earn the equivalent of $81 per month. This community has electricity, drinking water and telephone service but needs employment opportunities and a health center.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Vida y Esperanza Student Center to provide Fernando with Bible teaching, medical checkups, de-worming, health and hygiene education, special celebrations, trips to the zoo, academic support, homework supervision, school bags and uniforms. The center staff will also provide meetings for the parents or guardians of Fernando.
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: East of Managua