Maria makes her home with her father and her mother. Washing clothes, making beds and running errands are her household duties. Her father is sometimes employed and her mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Maria participates in Bible class. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Playing house, playing with dolls and listening to music are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Maria will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Maria lives on the plains of Collas, home to approximately 2,800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement. The most commonly spoken languages are Spanish and Quichua.
The regional diet consists of maize, beef, plantains, bread, rice, chicken, beans and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include parasite infections, malnutrition, diarrhea, skin diseases and respiratory infections. Most adults work in domestic services or in construction and earn the equivalent of $320 per month. This community needs paved roads, schools, stable employment and alcohol abuse rehabilitation centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Nuevos Horizontes Student Center to provide Maria with Bible teaching, health checkups, nutritious food, health education, special celebrations, group games, academic reinforcement, sports, school supplies, field trips and homework help. The center staff will also provide educational conferences for the parents and guardians of Maria.
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: North of Quito