Ismael lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include running errands and cleaning. His father is employed as a farmer and his mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
Playing with cars and hide-and-seek are Ismael's favorite activities. In pre-school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities.
Ismael has impaired speech. Please pray for him and be assured that your sponsorship helps him to live a fulfilled life.
Ismael lives in the mountainous community of El Quinche, home to approximately 15,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have wood or cement roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, bread, beef, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include coughs, the flu, parasites and malnutrition. Most adults in El Quinche work as street vendors or on plantations and earn the equivalent of $380 per month. This community needs technical schools, employment opportunities and recreation facilities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Nuevo Amanecer (New Dawn) Student Center to provide Ismael with Bible teaching, medical checkups, health education, nutritious food, special celebrations, sports, academic reinforcement, homework help and vocational training. The center staff will also provide parenting and health education for the parents or guardians of Ismael.
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: Northeast of Quito