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Fausto Geovanny Guaman Bejarano  

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  • Age: 19
  • Birthday: February 20, 1995
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Ecuador
  • Center: Emanuel Student Center
  • Child ID: EC4440407
Fausto makes his home with his father and his mother. Carrying water, caring for animals and running errands are his household duties. His father is employed as a farmer and his mother is employed as a farmer. There are 5 children in the family.

As part of Compassion's ministry, Fausto participates in church activities, youth group and choir. He is also in high school where his performance is above average. Soccer, bicycling and listening to music are his favorite activities.

Your love and support will help Fausto to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Fausto lives in the mountainous community of Pulucate, home to approximately 3,700 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood floors, adobe walls and zinc roofs. The most commonly spoken languages are Quichua and Spanish.

The regional diet consists of maize, guinea pig, potatoes and rice. Common health problems in this area include parasites, diarrhea, malnutrition, skin diseases and respiratory infections. Most adults in Pulucate work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $170 per month. This community needs scholastic materials, employment opportunities and qualified teachers.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Emanuel Student Center to provide Fausto with a Christian education, health and hygiene education, medical checkups, field trips, birthday celebrations, sports, homework help and academic reinforcement. The center staff will also provide health care education for the parents or guardians of Fausto.
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

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