Squibel lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include gathering firewood, caring for animals and making beds. There are 3 children in the family. His father is employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Squibel participates in church activities and Bible class. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Ping pong, soccer and playing with cars are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Squibel will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Squibel lives on the plains of Saint Isidro of Bolas, home to approximately 5,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood walls and plastic sheet roofs. The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, bread and rice.
Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, parasites and respiratory illnesses. Half of the adults in Saint Isidro of Bolas are unemployed but some work as garbage collectors and earn the equivalent of $81 per month. This community has electricity and potable water but needs vocational training centers, employment opportunities and increased salaries.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Generación Victoriosa de Jesús Student Center to provide Squibel with Bible teaching, medical and dental checkups, nutritious food, health and hygiene education, birthday celebrations, recreational activities, tutoring and school supplies. The center staff will also provide meetings for the parents or guardians of Squibel.
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: Southwest of Managua