In her home, Jade helps by running errands and cleaning. She lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed and her mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Jade enjoys running and playing group games. She attends Vacation Bible School regularly and is in kindergarten where her performance is above average.
Jade especially needs your love and care because she has impaired speech. Because of your sponsorship, however, she is better able to lead a well-adjusted life. Please pray for her.
Jade lives in the hillside community of Yaruqui, home to approximately 14,800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bread, beef, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include parasites, pneumonia and respiratory illnesses. Most adults in Yaruqui work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $318 per month. This community needs qualified teachers, drinkable water and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Manantial de Sonrisas (Spring of Smiles) Student Center to provide Jade with Bible teaching, vitamins, nutritious food, sports tournaments, homework help and a library. The center staff will also provide evangelism for the parents or guardians of Jade.
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