Karen lives with her uncle and her grandmother. She is responsible for washing clothes, making beds and running errands. Her uncle is employed as a laborer and her grandmother maintains the home.
For fun, Karen enjoys basketball, walking and listening to music. She attends Bible class regularly and is in high school where her performance is above average.
Your love and support will help Karen to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Karen lives in the coastal city of Machala, home to approximately 250,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors and wood or bamboo walls. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of bananas, fish, beef and rice. Common health problems in this area include the flu, dengue, bronchitis and allergies. Most adults in Machala work as street vendors or in domestic services and earn the equivalent of $340 per month. This community needs trained teachers, employment opportunities, basic services, health centers and parks.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Nuevos Horizontes Student Center to provide Karen with Bible classes, medical checkups, health education, special celebrations, nutritious food, school supplies, uniforms, shoes, handicraft courses and academic reinforcement. The center staff will also provide meetings, evangelism and counseling for the parents or guardians of Karen.
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 Machala