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Raquel Noemi Zambrano Valencia  

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  • Age: 17
  • Birthday: October 4, 1996
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Ecuador
  • Center: CDI Mizpa
  • Child ID: EC3561053
In her home, Raquel helps by making beds, running errands and cleaning. She lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother is employed as a teacher. There are 3 children in the family.

As part of Compassion's ministry, Raquel participates in church activities and Bible class. She is also in high school where her performance is average. Singing, bicycling and listening to music are her favorite activities.

Please remember Raquel in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
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.

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Child's Location: Northwestern Esmeraldas

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Your tax-deductible contribution of just $38 a month connects your child with a loving, church-based Child Sponsorship Program.  

Your support provides:

  • Food and clean water
  • Medical care
  • Educational opportunities
  • Important life-skills training
  • Most important of all, your sponsored child will hear about Jesus Christ and be encouraged to develop a lifelong relationship with God.

When you sponsor a child, you'll receive your child's photo, personal story and a child sponsorship packet by mail in approximately 10 days.

When children find out they've been sponsored, the joy they feel is indescribable. Just knowing that someone across the globe cares means more than you can imagine. Sponsoring a child will profoundly change the future for your child, and will change your own life as well.