In her home, Andrea helps by caring for children, washing clothes and running errands. She lives with her mother. Her mother maintains the home. There are 6 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Andrea participates in church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Bicycling, listening to music and baseball are her favorite activities.
Please remember Andrea in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Andrea lives on the plains of Archidona, home to approximately 25,100 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have brick walls.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, fish, beef and plantains. Common health problems in this area include the flu, dermatitis, intestinal illnesses, parasites, fevers, malaria, broken bones, snake bites and tuberculosis. Most adults in Archidona work as day laborers, in domestic services or on plantations and earn the equivalent of $240 per month. This community needs schools, employment opportunities, recreational facilities and a hospital.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Vida Nueva Student Center to provide Andrea with Bible teaching, health and nutrition education, birthday celebrations, academic support and language and math classes. The center staff will also provide health and hygiene education and workshops on nutrition for the parents or guardians of Andrea.
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