ANDREA lives with her stepfather and her mother. At home, duties include running errands. Her stepfather is employed and her mother maintains the home. There are 4 children in the family.
For fun, ANDREA enjoys hide-and-seek and running. She attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where her performance is average.
Please remember ANDREA in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Andrea lives in the coastal community of Manta, home to approximately 260,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of beans, chicken, fish, beef and rice. Common health problems in this area include parasites, malnutrition, diarrhea, respiratory problems, malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever and skin diseases. Most adults work in factories or domestic services and earn the equivalent of $264 per month. This community needs vocational training workshops, parks and improved housing.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of El Shaday Student Center to provide Andrea with Bible teaching, medical checkups, nutritious food, sports and spiritual retreats. The center staff will also provide meetings and evangelism for the parents or guardians of Andrea.
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: Central Manta