Richard lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include making beds and running errands. There are 3 children in the family. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Richard participates in church activities and Bible class. He is also in high school where his performance is above average. Soccer and running are his favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Richard to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Richard lives in the coastal community of Montecristi, home to approximately 24,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have zinc roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of beans, fish, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include dengue, conjunctivitis (pink eye), typhoid fever, viral illnesses, parasites and tuberculosis. Half of the adults in Montecristi are unemployed but some work in factories and earn the equivalent of $292 per month. This community needs vocational training centers and parks.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Juan 3:16 Student Center to provide Richard with Bible teaching, medical checkups, nutritious food, health education, sports contests, homework help, music courses and computer classes. The center staff will also provide health education and parenting education for the parents or guardians of Richard.
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: Southwest of Manta