Jonathan lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for washing clothes, helping in the kitchen and running errands. His father is employed as a laborer and his mother is employed as a laborer.
For fun, Jonathan enjoys playing a musical instrument, soccer and singing. He attends Bible class regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Jonathan will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Jonathan lives on the plains of Control Norte/Terminal Terrestre, home to approximately 263,400 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of bread, beef, potatoes and rice. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, parasites, allergies, acute rhinitis and respiratory infections. Most adults in Control Norte/Terminal Terrestre work as street vendors, in construction or as laundresses and earn the equivalent of $318 per month. This community needs more schools and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Rato Feliz Student Center to provide Jonathan with Bible teaching, medical and dental checkups, special celebrations, field trips, tutoring, scholastic materials and nutritious food. The center staff will also provide meetings, conferences, home visits and opportunities for project involvement for the parents or guardians of Jonathan.
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: Northern Riobamba