Elizabeth lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for washing clothes, making beds and running errands. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 5 children in the family.
Basketball, telling stories and jumping rope are Elizabeth's favorite activities. In high school her performance is above average and she also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and camp.
Your love and support will help Elizabeth to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Elizabeth lives in the mountainous community of San Alejo, home to approximately 10,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of bamboo floors, tin walls and zinc roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, chicken, beef, rice and fish. Common health problems in this area include flu, intestinal infections, conjunctivitis, asthma, pneumonia, allergies, bronchitis, high cholesterol, measles and anemia. Most adults in San Alejo work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $292 per month. This community needs basic utility services and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Shaday Student Center to provide Elizabeth with Bible teaching, medical checkups, parasite treatment, health education, nutritious meals, special celebrations, homework help and sewing and carpentry workshops. The center staff will also provide meetings and health education for the parents or guardians of Elizabeth.
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: Southern Portoviejo