Andrea lives with her father and her mother. Her duties at home include washing clothes, making beds and helping in the kitchen. There are 3 children in the family. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother is sometimes employed as a farmer.
Singing, art and reading are Andrea's favorite activities. In high school her performance is above average and she also regularly attends youth group.
Because of your sponsorship, Andrea will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Andrea lives in the mountainous community of San Guisel Alto, home to approximately 300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, mud walls and corrugated iron roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Quichua.
The regional diet consists of barley, rice, corn, potatoes, chicken and vegetables. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, parasites, measles, tuberculosis and flu. Most adults in San Guisel Alto work as animal herders and earn the equivalent of $120 per month. This community needs employment opportunities and a medical center.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Estrella de Belén Student Center to provide Andrea with Bible teaching, medical checkups, health education, field trips, special celebrations, homework help, scholastic materials and uniforms. The center staff will also provide health care and spiritual workshops for the parents or guardians of Andrea.
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 Riobamba