In his home, Alex helps by carrying water, gathering firewood and making beds. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is employed as a farmer and his mother maintains the home. There are 7 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Alex participates in church activities and Bible class. He is also in primary school where his performance is above average. Soccer, playing with cars and playing with marbles are his favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Alex to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Alex lives in the mountainous community of Calpaquí, home to approximately 1,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt or cement floors, brick walls and tile roofs. The primary ethnic group is Indigenous Otavalos and the most commonly spoken language is Quichua.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bread, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include parasites and pneumonia. Most adults in Calpaquí work in flower production and earn the equivalent of $150 per month. This community needs education in agriculture, improved roads, parks and income generating activities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Jesús el Buen Pastor Student Center to provide Alex with Bible teaching, medical checkups, nutritious food, language and math tutoring and social activities. The center staff will also provide health education for the parents or guardians of Alex.
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: South of Ibarra