Digna lives with her mother. Her duties at home include running errands and cleaning. There are 3 children in the family. Her mother maintains the home.
For fun, Digna enjoys basketball and playing group games. She attends church activities regularly and is in high school where her performance is above average.
Because of your sponsorship, Digna will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Digna lives on the plains of Cooperative Dicember 29 Feria Libre, home to approximately 4,200 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have tin or cement roofs.
The regional diet consists of beans, chicken, bread, beef, bananas, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, parasites, diarrhea, respiratory illnesses, dengue and typhoid. Most adults work as day laborers, on plantations or as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $300 per month. This community needs a state university, libraries and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Esperanza Eterna Student Center to provide Digna with Bible teaching, health and dental checkups, nutritious food, sports, spiritual retreats and tutoring. The center staff will also provide health education, Bible teaching, leadership workshops and parenting education for the parents or guardians of Digna.
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: In Santo Domingo de los Colorados