Gianella lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for making beds, helping in the kitchen and running errands. Her father is employed and her mother maintains the home.
Art, playing ball games and listening to music are Gianella's favorite activities. In high school her performance is above average and she also regularly attends Bible class and youth group.
Please remember Gianella in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Gianella lives in the mountainous community of Mapasinge Oeste, home to approximately 8,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, cement or wood walls and zinc roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of beans, fish, plantains, rice and chicken. Common health problems in this area include cancer and HIV/AIDS. Most adults in Mapasingue Oeste work in factories, as masons or in domestic services and earn the equivalent of $340 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, English teachers, parks and improved sanitation.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Cordero de Dios (God's Lamb) Student Center to provide Gianella with Bible teaching, medical and dental checkups, health education, nutritious food, special celebrations, tutoring, school supplies, uniforms, shoes, vocational workshops and computer courses. The center staff will also provide small groups for the parents or guardians of Gianella.
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: Northern Guayaquil