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Lady Mishelle Arias Quintin  

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  • Age: 10
  • Birthday: August 29, 2003
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Ecuador
  • Center: Vida Abundante Student Center
  • Child ID: EC4310622
Lady lives with her father and her mother. Her duties at home include running errands. There are 5 children in the family. Her father is employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home.

For fun, Lady enjoys playing house, playing with dolls and bicycling. She attends church activities and Vacation Bible School regularly and is in primary school where her performance is average.

Please remember Lady in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Lady lives in the mountainous community of San Jose de Cocotog, home to approximately 3,700 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement. The most commonly spoken languages are Spanish and Quichua.

The regional diet consists of corn and rice. Common health problems in this area include respiratory diseases and stomach illnesses. Most adults in San Jose de Cocotog work in factories, as subsistence farmers or in domestic services and earn the equivalent of $340 per month. This community needs technical training centers, a sewage system and medical centers.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Vida Abundante Student Center to provide Lady with Bible teaching, health screenings, nutrition and health education, sports, homework help, school supplies, special celebrations, sewing workshops and computer courses. The center staff will also provide parenting education and health and nutrition education for the parents or guardians of Lady.
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.

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Child's Location: Northeast of Quito

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Your tax-deductible contribution of just $38 a month connects your child with a loving, church-based Child Sponsorship Program.  

Your support provides:

  • Food and clean water
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  • Most important of all, your sponsored child will hear about Jesus Christ and be encouraged to develop a lifelong relationship with God.

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