Elisa lives with her father. Her duties at home include gathering firewood and caring for animals. There are 3 children in the family. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Elisa participates in Bible class and Vacation Bible School. She is also in high school where her performance is average. Basketball, swimming and walking are her favorite activities.
Please remember Elisa in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Elisa lives in the mountainous community of Tocagon, home to approximately 3,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt or cement floors, mud walls and wood roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Quechua.
The regional diet consists of maize, bread, rice, potatoes, beef and chicken. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, skin diseases, intestinal infections and respiratory disorders. Most adults in Tocagon work on plantations or as flower growers and earn the equivalent of $80 per month. This community needs schools.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Reino de los Cielos Student Center to provide Elisa with Bible teaching, medical exams, recreational activities, nutritious food, tutoring and vocational training. The center staff will also provide social events and meetings for the parents or guardians of Elisa.
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