Julio lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for making beds and running errands. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
For fun, Julio enjoys soccer, bicycling and playing group games. He attends Bible class, youth group and camp regularly and is in high school where his performance is above average.
Because of your sponsorship, Julio will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Julio lives in the jungle community of Macas, home to approximately 20,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement or dirt floors, wood walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Shuar.
The regional diet consists of maize, bananas, fish, tapioca, beef, plantains and cassava. Common health problems include malnutrition, skin diseases, parasites, malaria, respiratory illnesses and diarrhea. Most adults in Macas work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $340 per month. This community needs vocational education and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of La Gran Comisión Student Center to provide Julio with Bible studies, medical checkups, sports, special celebrations, field trips, homework help and academic reinforcement. The center staff will also provide workshops and conferences for the parents or guardians of Julio.
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: North of Macas