Erick lives with his brother and his mother. His brother is sometimes employed as a seller in the market and his mother maintains the home. Erick works at home sewing, caring for animals and running errands.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Erick participates in church activities and Bible class. He is also in primary school where his performance is above average. Playing with cars, playing ball games and running are his favorite activities.
Please remember Erick in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Erick lives in the coastal community of Febres Cordero, home to approximately 341,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, wood walls and zinc roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of beans, chicken, bread, beef, fish, rice, potatoes, bananas and plantains. Common health problems in this area include parasitic infections, respiratory illnesses, skin diseases, malnutrition and gastric illnesses. Most of the adults in Febres Cordero work in domestic services or as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $150 per month. The community needs water, a sewer system, employment opportunities and improved housing.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Estrella de Belén Student Center to provide Erick with Bible teaching, medical checkups, nutritious food, special celebrations, educational materials, academic reinforcement, school fees and vocational activities. The center staff will also provide parenting classes for the parents or guardians of Erick.
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: Southwest section of Guayaquil