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  • Age: 17
  • Birthday: May 31, 1997
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Ecuador
  • Center: Emanuel Student Center
  • Child ID: EC1350008
    • Child is mentally or physically challenged.
Anthony lives with his brother and his mother. At home, duties include making beds and running errands. His brother is not employed and his mother is employed as a laborer. There are 3 children in the family.

For fun, Anthony enjoys soccer, playing ball games and running. He attends Vacation Bible School regularly and is in high school where his performance is above average.

Anthony is crippled in one hand. Please pray for him and be assured that your sponsorship helps him to live a fulfilled life.
Anthony lives in the mountainous community of Ferroviaria Alta, home to approximately 3,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement. The spoken language is Spanish.

The regional diet consists of maize, chicken, bread, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, parasites, scabies, diarrhea and respiratory illnesses. Most adults in Ferroviaria Alta are unemployed but some work in factories, as street vendors or subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $120 per month. This community has basic utility services but needs vocational training workshops, stable employment opportunities and security.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Emanuel Student Center to provide Anthony with a Christian education, medical checkups, health education, dental care, nutritious food, abuse prevention workshops, special celebrations, educational support and library use. The center staff will also provide workshops and conferences for the parents or guardians of Anthony.
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: Southern Quito

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