Lourdes makes her home with her brother and her mother. Making beds, running errands and cleaning are her household duties. Her brother is employed as a laborer and her mother is employed as a laborer.
For fun, Lourdes enjoys basketball, volleyball and listening to music. She attends Bible class regularly and is in high school where her performance is average.
Your love and support will help Lourdes to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Lourdes lives in the coastal community of Andrés de Vera, home to approximately 200,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have tin roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of bananas, fish, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include parasites, malnutrition, diarrhea, respiratory infections, malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever and skin diseases. Most adults are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $100 per month. This community needs vocational training workshops, parks and medical facilities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Ciudad de Belen Student Center to provide Lourdes with Bible teaching, health screening, nutritious food, recreational activities, academic support, vocational activities and painting and drawing workshops. The center staff will also provide parents' school for the parents or guardians of Lourdes.
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 Portoviejo