Yakelin lives with her mother. She is responsible for running errands and cleaning. Her mother is employed. There are 3 children in the family.
Playing house, playing with dolls and playing ball games are Yakelin's favorite activities. In kindergarten her performance is above average and she also regularly attends church activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Yakelin will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Yakelin lives in the mountainous community of La Victoria de Guamani, home to approximately 25,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have zinc roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of bread, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include colds and the flu. Most adults in La Victoria de Guamani are unemployed but some work as street vendors, day laborers or in domestic services and earn the equivalent of $314 per month. This community needs schools, employment opportunities and basic necessities such as food and clothing.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Nueva Generación Student Center to provide Yakelin with Bible teaching, medical checkups, health education, birthday celebrations, field trips, homework help and academic reinforcement. The center staff will also provide health workshops and parenting education for the parents or guardians of Yakelin.
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