Derlis lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include running errands and cleaning. There are 2 children in the family. His father is sometimes employed and his mother maintains the home.
Derlis is not presently attending school. Playing with cars, singing and playing ball games are his favorite activities. He also attends church activities regularly.
Your love and support will help Derlis to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Derlis lives on the plains of Recinto Barranquilla, home to approximately 2,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick or cement walls, and zinc roofs.
The regional diet consists of beans, rice, bananas, fish and chicken. A common health problem in this area is dengue. Most of adults in Recinto Barranquilla are unemployed but some work as animal herders or farmers and earn the equivalent of $160 per month. This community has electricity but needs vocational training centers, potable water, paved roads, playgrounds and a hospital.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Barranquilla Student Center to provide Derlis with Bible teaching, medical checkups, health and hygiene education, nutritious food, special celebrations, sports and academic reinforcement. The center staff will also provide counseling, evangelism, vocational workshops and health education for the parents or guardians of Derlis.
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: North of Guayaquil