Stefania lives with her stepfather. Her duties at home include sewing, gardening and caring for children. There are 5 children in the family. Her stepfather is employed as a farmer.
For fun, Stefania enjoys swimming, playing house and playing with dolls. She attends church activities, Bible class and youth group regularly and is in high school where her performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Stefania will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Stefania lives in the coastal community of Anchayacu, home to approximately 600 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have zinc roofs. The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, fish, plantains and rice.
Common health problems in this area include respiratory illnesses, parasitic infections, malnutrition and malaria. Most adults in Anchayacu are unemployed but some work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $70 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, roads and medical facilities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of El Sembrador Student Center to provide Stefania with Bible teaching, hygiene and health education, soccer games and academic reinforcement. The center staff will also provide evangelism and community service opportunities for the parents or guardians of Stefania.
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: North of Esmeraldas