Edgar lives with his mother. At home, duties include caring for children, caring for animals and making beds. His mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Edgar participates in church activities and Vacation Bible School. He is also in primary school where his performance is above average. Soccer, playing with cars and swimming are his favorite activities.
Please remember Edgar in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Edgar lives in the coastal community of Cisne II, home to approximately 6,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and zinc roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of bananas, fish, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include flu, kidney infections, respiratory disorders and skin diseases. Most adults work as masons and earn the equivalent of $150 per month. The community needs high schools and proper sanitation.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Huerto de los Olivos Student Center to provide Edgar with Bible teaching, medical exams, recreational activities, tutoring and vocational training. In addition, non-schooled children receive preschool classes. The center staff will also provide meetings and opportunities for community service for the parents or guardians of Edgar.
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: West section of Guayaquil