Kelvin lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for making beds, running errands and cleaning. His father is employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 5 children in the family.
Soccer, playing with cars and playing ball games are Kelvin's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities and Vacation Bible School.
Because of your sponsorship, Kelvin will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Kelvin lives in the mountainous community of San Francisco de Oyacoto, home to approximately 3,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have brick walls. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize. Common health problems in this area include respiratory infections, skin diseases and gastrointestinal illnesses. Most adults work as street vendors or subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $300 per month. This community needs technical training schools, micro loans to start small businesses and a medical center.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of El Paraiso del Edén Student Center to provide Kelvin with Bible teaching, medical checkups, nutritious food, health education, special celebrations, sports tournaments, academic support, school supplies and homework assistance. The center staff will also provide parenting education, craft workshops and nutrition lectures for the parents or guardians of Kelvin.
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