Anthony lives with his mother. His duties at home include making beds, running errands and cleaning. There are 3 children in the family. His mother is sometimes employed as a laborer.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Anthony participates in church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School. He is also in primary school where his performance is above average. Soccer, art and playing ball games are his favorite activities.
Your prayers are especially appreciated for Anthony because he has impaired speech, is visually impaired and is receiving regular medical treatment. Your sponsorship helps provide the care and love he needs.
Anthony lives in the coastal community of Batallón del Suburbio, home to approximately 341,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, brick or wood walls and corrugated iron roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of bananas, fish, beef and rice. Common health problems in this area include anemia, parasites, malaria, skin diseases, headaches and typhoid. Most adults in Batallón del Suburbio work in factories or as fishermen and earn the equivalent of $350 per month. This community needs employment opportunities and recreation facilities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Jesús Rey de Paz Student Center to provide Anthony with Bible teaching, health and vision checkups, special celebrations and skills training. The center staff will also provide evangelism and monthly meetings for the parents or guardians of Anthony.
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: South section of Guayaquil