Maria lives with her father and her mother. Her father is employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. Maria works at home carrying water, gathering firewood and cleaning. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Maria participates in church activities. She is also in kindergarten where her performance is average. Rolling a hoop and playing with dolls are her favorite activities.
Please remember Maria in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Maria lives on the plains of Sisid Community, home to approximately 1,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, mud walls and zinc roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Quichua.
The regional diet consists of corn, rice, chicken and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include the flu, skin diseases, diarrhea, respiratory illnesses, parasites and malnutrition. Most adults in Sisid Community work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $120 per month. This community needs a library, agricultural production training and improved roads.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Nuevo Paraiso Student Center to provide Maria with Bible studies, health and hygiene education, vocational courses, games, academic reinforcement, sewing and embroidery workshops and computer courses. The center staff will also provide spiritual conferences and health education for the parents or guardians of Maria.
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 Cuenca