Francisco lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for running errands. His father is employed as a farmer and his mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Francisco enjoys playing ball games, reading and running. He attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in primary school where his performance is above average.
Please remember Francisco in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Francisco lives on the plains of Babahoyo, home to approximately 153,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have cement roofs.
The regional diet consists of beans, fish, plantains, rice, bananas and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include typhoid, dengue, malaria, intestinal infections, the flu, coughs, tonsillitis, urinary tract infections and respiratory illnesses. Most adults work on plantations or in domestic services and earn the equivalent of $340 per month. This community needs health care centers, police stations, parks and food.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Puerta del Cielo (Gate of Heaven) Student Center to provide Francisco with Bible teaching, medical checkups, hygiene and health education, nutritious food, community service opportunities, birthday celebrations, homework help, computer courses and math and language workshops. The center staff will also provide retreats, special celebrations and parenting education for the parents or guardians of Francisco.
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: North of Guayaquil