Alexis makes his home with his stepfather and his mother. Caring for children, washing clothes and making beds are his household duties. His stepfather is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 5 children in the family.
For fun, Alexis enjoys soccer, basketball and art. He attends church activities regularly and is in high school where his performance is above average.
Because of your sponsorship, Alexis will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Alexis lives in the highlands of Ecuador in the community of Comité Del Pueblo #1, home to approximately 10,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have brick walls. The most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of corn, beans, bananas, chicken, bread, potatoes and beef. Common health problems in this area include skin diseases, dental cavities, allergies, tonsillitis, conjunctivitis, parasites and anemia. Half of the adults in Comité Del Pueblo #1 are unemployed but some work in factories and earn the equivalent of $292 per month. This community needs high schools, improved incomes, recreation facilities, literacy programs and drug and alcohol abuse rehabilitation centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Jehová Jireh Student Center to provide Alexis with Christian education, medical checkups, health and hygiene education, nutritious food, special celebrations, academic support in math and language, tutoring and homework support. The center staff will also provide health education for the parents or guardians of Alexis.
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: Northeastern section of Quito