In his home, John helps by running errands. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 4 children in the family.
For fun, John enjoys soccer and playing group games. He attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where his performance is above average.
Please remember John in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
John lives in the coastal community of Guasmo Sur, home to approximately 158,400 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and zinc roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of bananas, fish, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include parasitic infections, anemia, colds and viral diseases. Most adults in Guasmo Sur work as masons and earn the equivalent of $200 per month. This community needs awareness on the importance of education, employment opportunities, a drainage system and telephone service.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Damasco Student Center to provide John with Bible teaching, health screenings, vitamins, health education, nutritious snacks, birthday celebrations, field trips, academic reinforcement and home visits. The center staff will also provide evangelism for the parents or guardians of John.
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: Southern Guayaquil