Marlon lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include cleaning. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother maintains the home.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Marlon participates in Bible class. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Bicycling is his favorite activity.
Because of your sponsorship, Marlon will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Marlon lives on the plains of Ruben Dario, home to approximately 9,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of tin and have dirt floors. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consist of beans, bananas, chicken, bread, cassava, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, diarrhea, coughs, renal infections and the flu. Most adults in Ruben Dario work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $45 per month. This community has water, electricity and telephone service but needs libraries, employment opportunities and substance abuse rehabilitation programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Centro de Desarrollo Integral Llamados del Rey to provide Marlon with Bibles, Bible classes, medical checkups, vaccinations, health education, special celebrations, academic reinforcement, scholastic materials and shoes. The center staff will also provide monthly meetings, evangelism and educational workshops for the parents or guardians of Marlon.
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 León