In his home, Anthony helps by making beds, helping in the kitchen and running errands. He lives with his mother. His mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 3 children in the family.
Soccer, telling stories and playing with marbles are Anthony's favorite activities. In high school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities and youth group.
Your love and support will help Anthony to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Anthony lives in the forested community of Floron #5, home to approximately 15,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of bamboo and have thatched roofs. The population is comprised of Mestizos and the most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of beans, fish, plantains, bananas, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include parasites, tonsillitis and skin diseases. Most adults in Floron #5 are unemployed but some work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $200 per month. This community needs basic utility services and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Antioquia Student Center to provide Anthony with Bible teaching, health education, medical checkups, sports, social events, homework help, academic support and leadership development workshops. The center staff will also provide meetings and spiritual lectures for the parents or guardians of Anthony.
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: Southeast of Portoviejo