Daniel, 10, lives in a rural Nicaraguan town with his grandparents. His brother, two cousins, aunt and uncle also live in the small home. On the table is one day’s worth of food for the family of eight: beans, cooking oil, rice, bread and pinolillo (a traditional Nicaraguan drink made from corn and cacao). Each morning, Daniel’s grandmother fries 2 pounds of rice, which will be shared among the family over three meals.
The ingredients for the meal cost $3.41 — no big deal on a typical U.S. income. But Daniel’s grandfather makes only $26.60 per week. Their town offers few job opportunities besides farming or fishing. Since most families who live here can’t afford fishing equipment or land, part of many workers’ meager income goes to renting a boat or farm. Daniel’s grandfather works someone else’s farm, milking cows and cleaning.
Because Daniel is sponsored through Compassion’s program, he gets meals at his church-run center. Like other sponsored kids around the world, he also receives health checkups, tutoring, Bible lessons, medicine and other benefits.