Dennis lives with his mother. At home, duties include running errands and cleaning. His mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Dennis participates in church activities. He is also in high school where his performance is above average. Soccer, swimming and bicycling are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Dennis will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Dennis lives in the jungle community of El Dorado, home to approximately 33,600 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood walls and corrugated tin roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of beans, plantains, rice, potatoes, vegetables, fish and beef. Common health problems in this area include parasites, skin diseases and viral illnesses. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $318 per month. This community needs a public library.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Horeb Student Center to provide Dennis with Bible teaching, Bibles, community service opportunities, parasite treatments, academic reinforcement and a library. The center staff will also provide evangelism, meetings, health workshops and community service opportunities for the parents or guardians of Dennis.
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 section of Puyo