In his home, Sandro helps by carrying water, gathering firewood and gardening. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother maintains the home. There are 7 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Sandro participates in church activities and camp. He is also in high school where his performance is above average. Soccer, volleyball and listening to music are his favorite activities.
Please remember Sandro in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Sandro lives in the jungle community of Selva Norte, home to approximately 7,100 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have thatched roofs. The primary ethnic groups and languages are Quichua, Shuar, Achuar and Huaorani.
The regional diet consists of bananas, fish, cassava and plantains. Common health problems in this area include dysentery, parasites, malaria and snake bites. Adults in Selva Norte are unemployed but some work as farmers and earn the equivalent of $10 per month. This community is accessible only by airplane and needs scholastic materials, roads and means of communication.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Copataza School to provide Sandro with Bible studies, medical checkups, camps and educational support. The center staff will also provide workshops on family values and spiritual leadership training for the parents or guardians of Sandro.
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: Southwest of Puyo