Bryan lives with his mother. At home, duties include making beds and running errands. His mother is sometimes employed as a laborer.
Playing ball games and listening to music are Bryan's favorite activities. In high school his performance is above average and he also regularly attends Bible class.
Because of your sponsorship, Bryan will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Bryan lives on the plains of Santa Lucia, home to approximately 14,400 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt or wood floors,; brick or wood walls; and zinc roofs.
The regional diet consists of chicken, fish, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include parasites, sore throats, dengue, typhoid, malaria, malnutrition, skin diseases and dental cavities. Most adults in Santa Lucia work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $240 per month. This community needs libraries, employment opportunities and parks.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Dios con Nosotros Student Center to provide Bryan with Bible studies, medical and dental care, nutritious food, health and hygiene education, special celebrations, academic support, school supplies and vocational courses. The center staff will also provide evangelism, special celebrations and home visits for the parents or guardians of Bryan.
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