Emerson lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for gardening, caring for animals and helping in the kitchen. His father is employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Emerson participates in church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Playing a musical instrument, soccer and basketball are his favorite activities.
Please remember Emerson in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Emerson lives in the jungle community of Dos Rios, home to approximately 1,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, wood walls and thatched roofs. The primary ethnic group is Kichwa and the most commonly spoken languages are Kichwa and Spanish.
The regional diet consists of fish, plantains, beans, beef and rice. Common health problems in this area include parasites, malaria and flu. Most adults in Dos Rios work as subsistence farmers, in domestic services or as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $110 per month. This community needs water, proper sanitation, scholastic materials and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of New Jerusalem Student Center to provide Emerson with Bible teaching, medical and dental checkups, hygiene and nutrition education, special celebrations, field trips, sports, homework help, vocational training and computer workshops. The center staff will also provide meetings, health education, baking and cooking courses and family planning conferences for the parents or guardians of Emerson.
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: Northeast of Puyo