In his home, Angel helps by carrying water and cleaning. He lives with his mother. His mother is sometimes employed. There are 3 children in the family.
Angel is not attending school because he is too young. Soccer and playing with cars are his favorite activities. He also attends church activities regularly.
Because of your sponsorship, Angel will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Angel lives in the coastal community of Chiguilpe Parish, home to approximately 6,200 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood or cement floors, cement walls and tin roofs.
The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, chicken, bread, beef, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, parasites, diarrhea, respiratory illnesses, malaria and typhoid fever. Most adults work as day laborers, in domestic services, small businesses or factories and earn the equivalent of $200 per month. This community needs adult literacy programs, libraries, improved housing, stable employment opportunities, hospitals, schools and paved streets.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Campamento Nazareno Student Center to provide Angel with Bible teaching, medical checkups, nutritious food, special celebrations, scholastic materials, academic support and vocational workshops. The center staff will also provide evangelism services for the parents or guardians of Angel.
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: East of Santo Domingo de los Colorados