Marlon makes his home with his father and his mother. Caring for children, making beds and cleaning are his household duties. His father is sometimes employed and his mother is employed as a church worker. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Marlon participates in youth group. He is also in high school where his performance is average. Soccer, bicycling and reading are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Marlon will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Marlon lives in the coastal community of Coop. Jacobo Bucaram, home to approximately 2,900 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, wood walls and cement or tin roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of potatoes, fish and rice. Common health problems include the flu, dengue, skin diseases, eye infections, parasites, respiratory illnesses and urinary tract infections. Most of the adults in Coop. Jacobo Bucaram are unemployed but some work in domestic services or as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $150 per month. This community needs employment opportunities and vocational training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Rosa de Saron Student Center to provide Marlon with Bible teaching, nutrition and health education, field trips, birthday celebrations, tutoring, computer education and vocational training workshops. The center staff will also provide health and nutrition education and evangelism for the parents or guardians of Marlon.
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: Central Guayaquil