Raquel lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother is employed as a teacher. Raquel works at home making beds, running errands and cleaning. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Raquel enjoys singing, bicycling and listening to music. She attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in high school where her performance is average.
Your love and support will help Raquel to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Raquel lives in the coastal community of Barrio Aire Libre, home to approximately 70,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, wood walls and tin roofs.
The regional diet consists of beans, fish, plantains, bananas and rice. Common health problems in this area include respiratory illnesses, escabiosis (scabies), malnutrition and parasitosis (parasite delusion). Most adults are unemployed but some work in domestic service or as fishermen and earn the equivalent of $80 per month. This community needs scholastic materials and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Mizpa Student Center to provide Raquel with Bible teaching, medical checkups, health education, sports, special celebrations, tutoring in language and math, reading contests, scholastic materials, shoes and vocational training workshops. The center staff will also provide fellowship, health education and counseling for the parents or guardians of Raquel.
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: Northwestern Esmeraldas