In his home, Cristian helps by caring for animals. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 2 children in the family.
For fun, Cristian enjoys playing with cars, art and playing ball games. He attends church activities and Vacation Bible School regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Your care and consistent sponsorship are especially important to Cristian because he is crippled in one foot, is crippled in one hand and is receiving regular medical treatment. Thank you for your love and prayers.
Cristian lives on the plains of Eugenio Espejo, home to approximately 4,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood floors, brick walls and zinc or wood roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Quichua.
The regional diet consists of chicken, meat, potatoes and corn. Common health problems in this area include flu, malnutrition, hepatitis and measles. Most adults in Eugenio Espejo are unemployed but some work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $200 per month. This community needs evangelism, job opportunities and vocational training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Adonai Student Center to provide Cristian with Bible teaching, medical checkups, dental care, nutritious food, special celebrations, tutoring and vocational training. The center staff will also provide family days and meetings for the parents or guardians of Cristian.
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