Frixon makes his home with his grandfather and his grandmother. Making beds and running errands are his household duties. His grandfather is sometimes employed and his grandmother maintains the home. There are 5 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Frixon participates in church activities. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer and bicycling are his favorite activities.
Please remember Frixon in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Frixon lives in the forested community of Tena, home to approximately 61,900 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, wood walls and plastic sheet roofs. The regional diet consists of maize, beans, fish, bread, rice and potatoes.
Common health problems in this area include parasites, pneumonia, malaria, dengue and skin diseases. Most adults in Tena work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $240 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, parks and improved roads.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Yaya Dios Kuyashka Tamya (Lluvia de Bendiciones) Student Center to provide Frixon with Bible teaching, medical checkups, health and hygiene education, special celebrations and academic reinforcement. The center staff will also provide health and nutrition education for the parents or guardians of Frixon.
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