Franklin lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for gardening, making beds and helping in the kitchen. His father is employed and his mother is sometimes employed. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Franklin participates in Bible class, Vacation Bible School and camp. He is also in high school where his performance is above average. Soccer, volleyball and bicycling are his favorite activities.
Please remember Franklin in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Franklin lives in the mountainous community of San Fernando de Guamani District, home to approximately 12,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement. The most commonly spoken languages are Spanish and Quichua.
The regional diet consists of bread, rice, potatoes, beef and chicken. Common health problems in this area include parasites, malnutrition, diarrhea and respiratory infections. Most adults are employed as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $318 per month. This community needs schools, technical institutes, food, clothing and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Nuca Huasi Student Center to provide Franklin with Bible teaching, leadership programs, health and hygiene education, medical checkups, nutritious food, sports, birthday celebrations, homework help, math and language workshops and academic reinforcement. The center staff will also provide parenting education and family day for the parents or guardians of Franklin.
Straddling the equator, Ecuador has two Andes mountain ranges that split it into three zones: the western coastal lowlands, the central Andean highlands and the eastern jungles of the Amazon basin. The lowlands and islands are hot and humid and the highlands are temperate.
The Ecuadorian population is about 25 percent Amerindian and 65 percent mestizo (Amerindian and Caucasian). The remainder is of Spanish or African descent. Most people live in urban settings. Spanish is the official language but many Indians speak Quechua, the language of the Incas, and practice traditional religions. Ninety-five percent of Ecuadorians are Catholic. Compassion works throughout central and western Ecuador.
Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro invaded Ecuador, home of the Inca Empire, in 1532 and controlled it within two years. In 1822, Ecuador gained freedom as part of a federation known as Gran Colombia. In 1830, it gained independence as Ecuador.
In recent decades, Ecuador's economy has relied heavily on oil export revenue, so fluctuations in world market prices have a significant economic impact. A drop in world oil prices combined with natural disasters in the late 1990s to drive Ecuador's economy into poverty. In 2000, Congress enacted reforms and adopted the U.S. dollar as legal tender, which helped stabilize the economy. In recent years, however, economic reforms have been reversed, making Ecuador again vulnerable to oil price swings and financial crises. And though Ecuador marked 25 years of civilian governance in 2004, it has been troubled by political instability, including the ouster of the last three democratically elected presidents. Rafael Correa is the current president.
Map of Ecuador
Child's Location: South section of Quito