Jasmani lives with her father and her mother. Her duties at home include running errands. There are 2 children in the family. Her father is employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home.
Jasmani is not attending school because she is too young. Playing with friends is her favorite activity. She also attends church activities and Bible class regularly.
Because of your sponsorship, Jasmani will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Jasmani lives in the mountainous community of Atucucho, home to approximately 40,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and zinc or cement roofs. The regional diet consists of beans, bread, bananas, chicken, plantains, rice and potatoes.
A common health problem in this area is anemia. Most adults in Atucucho work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $180 per month. This community needs basic services, computer centers, schools and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Aposento Alto Student Center to provide Jasmani with Bible teaching, medical checkups, recreational activities and academic support. The center staff will also sponsor family events in order to foster better relationships between parents or guardians and their children.
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: Northwest section of Quito