In his home, Otilino helps by gathering firewood and running errands. He lives with his uncle and his grandmother. His uncle is sometimes employed as a laborer and his grandmother maintains the home.
Swimming, art and playing group games are Otilino's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities.
Please remember Otilino in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Otilino lives in the jungle community of Pano, home to approximately 3,800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have thatched roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Kichwa.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, fish, bread, beef and plantains. Common health problems in this area include snakebites, diarrhea, malnutrition, skin diseases, parasites, malaria and respiratory illnesses. Most adults in Pano work as farmers and earn the equivalent of $150 per month. This community needs technical training centers, permanent employment opportunities, medical centers and drinking water.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Pano Student Center to provide Otilino with Bible classes, medical checkups, birthday celebrations, nutritious food, school supplies, academic support and uniforms. The center staff will also provide meetings for the parents or guardians of Otilino.
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