Jessica lives with her grandmother. Her duties at home include sewing, gardening and washing clothes. There are 2 children in the family. Her grandmother is sometimes employed.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Jessica participates in Bible class, youth group and camp. She is also in high school where her performance is average. Basketball, walking and listening to music are her favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Jessica to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Jessica lives in the mountainous community of Alpamalag el Relleno sector Nueva Vida, home to approximately 800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement. The most commonly spoken languages are Quichua and Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, bread, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, respiratory illnesses, intestinal parasites, anemia and the flu. Most adults in Alpamalag el Relleno sector Nueva Vida work as farmers or on plantations and earn the equivalent of $340 per month. This community needs high schools, irrigation technology and vocational training centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Hormiguitas Student Center to provide Jessica with Bible teaching, health screenings, vaccinations, health education, field trips, special celebrations, academic reinforcement and animal raising and dressmaking workshops. The center staff will also provide health workshops for the parents or guardians of Jessica.
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: Southeast of Latacunga