Alejandro makes his home with his mother. Buying or selling in the market and running errands are his household duties. His mother is employed as a laborer.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Alejandro participates in church activities. He is also in primary school where his performance is below average. Soccer, playing with cars and running are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Alejandro will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Alejandro lives in the community of Barrio el Calvario, home to approximately 130,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, tin walls and plastic sheet roofs. The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas and rice.
Common health problems in this area include dengue, respiratory infections, parasites, malnutrition and kidney disorders. Half of the adults in Barrio el Calvario are unemployed but some work as fisherman and earn the equivalent of $95 per month. This community needs vocational training, employment opportunities, food, clothing and drug and alcohol abuse awareness programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Victoriosos en Cristo Student Center to provide Alejandro with Bible teaching, medical checkups, de-worming, health education, nutritious food, special celebrations, math competitions, scholastic materials, school uniforms and shoes. The center staff will also provide meetings, evangelism and health workshops for the parents or guardians of Alejandro.
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 Chinandega City