Alejandra lives with her mother. At home, duties include caring for children, washing clothes and making beds. Her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 7 children in the family.
Singing, telling stories and art are Alejandra's favorite activities. In primary school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Alejandra will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Alejandra lives in the mountainous community of Rio Verde, home to approximately 250,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have corrugated iron roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of beans, beef, plantains, potatoes and rice. Common health problems in this area include colds, typhoid, asthma, allergies, malaria and dengue. Half of the adults are unemployed but some work as street vendors, masons or in domestic services and earn the equivalent of $150 per month. This community needs water, schools, employment opportunities and alcohol rehabilitation programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Eben-Ezer Student Center to provide Alejandra with Bible teaching, nutritious food, health checkups, birthday celebrations, sports and cooking and music workshops. The center staff will also provide workshops for the parents or guardians of Alejandra.
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: Northern Santo Domingo