Ariel lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for running errands. His father is sometimes employed and his mother is sometimes employed as a farmer.
For fun, Ariel enjoys soccer, playing with cars and listening to music. He attends church activities regularly and is in kindergarten where his performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Ariel will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Ariel lives in the mountainous community of El Troje, home to approximately 4,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, brick walls and corrugated iron roofs. The population is comprised of Indians and Quichuas.
The regional diet consists of cereal flour, bread, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include parasites, malnutrition, diarrhea and breathing diseases. Most adults in El Troje work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $100 per month.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Christ Fold (Redil de Cristo) Student Center to provide Ariel with Christian education, medical checkups, nutritious food, hygiene education, sports, field trips, birthday celebrations, homework help and vocational activities. The center staff will also provide health education for the parents or guardians of Ariel.
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 section of Riobamba