Fabricio lives with his mother. His mother is employed as a laborer. Fabricio works at home making beds, running errands and cleaning. There are 3 children in the family.
Soccer, swimming and volleyball are Fabricio's favorite activities. In high school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities and Bible class.
Your love and support will help Fabricio to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Fabricio lives in the mountainous community of La Comuna, home to approximately 5,100 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and zinc roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of corn, bananas and fish. Common health problems in this area include parasites, malnutrition, diarrhea, respiratory infections and skin diseases. Most adults in La Comuna work in small businesses and earn the equivalent of $265 per month. This community needs vocational training workshops, libraries, employment opportunities, clothing and food.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of San Pablo Student Apostol Center to provide Fabricio with Bible teaching, vaccines, hygiene and nutrition education, special celebrations, homework help and academic reinforcement. The center staff will also provide meetings, evangelism and counseling for the parents or guardians of Fabricio.
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: Central Quito