David lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for making beds, running errands and cleaning. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, David participates in church activities, youth group and camp. He is also in high school where his performance is above average. Soccer, bicycling and listening to music are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, David will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
David lives in the mountainous community of Huaycopungo, home to approximately 10,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt or cement floors, mud walls and thatched roofs. The most commonly spoken languages are Spanish and Quichua.
The regional diet consists of potatoes, rice, beans and corn. Common health problems in this area include respiratory illnesses, skin diseases, intestinal infections and malnutrition. Most adults in Huaycopungo work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $150 per month. This community needs technical schools, clothing, food and stable employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Jesus de Nazaret Student Center to provide David with Christian education, medical checkups, health education, nutritious food, special celebrations, homework help and vocational activities. The center staff will also provide health education for the parents or guardians of David.
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