Kevin lives with his father and his grandmother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his grandmother maintains the home. Kevin works at home washing clothes, making beds and helping in the kitchen. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Kevin participates in Bible class, youth group and camp. He is also in high school where his performance is above average. Soccer, swimming and playing with marbles are his favorite activities.
Please remember Kevin in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Kevin lives on the plains of Shell Parish, home to approximately 7,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, bamboo walls and plastic sheet roofs. The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, fish, beef, plantains and potatoes.
Common health problems in this area include the flu, dermatitis, intestinal illnesses, parasites, broken bones, malnutrition, malaria and tuberculosis. Most adults in Shell Parish work as carpenters and earn the equivalent of $318 per month. This community needs schools, employment opportunities, parks and vocational workshops.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Emaus Student Center to provide Kevin with Bible teaching, health and nutrition education, birthday celebrations and academic reinforcement. The center staff will also provide health and hygiene education and handicraft workshops for the parents or guardians of Kevin.
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: Northwest of Puyo