Karen lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed and her mother maintains the home. Karen works at home running errands. There are 2 children in the family.
For fun, Karen enjoys playing house and playing with dolls. She attends camp regularly and is in kindergarten where her performance is above average.
Please remember Karen in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Karen lives in the mountainous area of El Tambo-Cañar, home to approximately 9,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt or cement floors, mud or cement walls and tile roofs. The most commonly spoken languages are Quichua and Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, potatoes, rice and guinea pig. Common health problems in this area include the tonsillitis, urinary tract infections and parasitic diseases. Most adults in El Tambo-Cañar work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $100 per month. The community needs educational materials, nutritious diets, racial equality and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Ricchari Student Center to provide Karen with Bible teaching, medical checkups, health education, tutoring, social and cultural education, scholastic materials, uniforms, crafts and micro-business projects. The center staff will also provide meetings, conferences, festivals, social events and health education 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: Northeast of Cuenca