In her home, Emely helps by helping in the kitchen and running errands. She lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother maintains the home.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Emely participates in church activities. She is also in kindergarten where her performance is above average. Playing with dolls, hide-and-seek and playing group games are her favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Emely to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Emely lives in the mountainous community of Pulucate Center, home to approximately 2,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and corrugated iron roofs.
The regional diet consists of bread, rice, potatoes and maize. Common health problems in this area include parasites, malnutrition, diarrhea and breathing disorders. Most adults in Pulucate Center work as farmers and earn the equivalent of $170 per month.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of God's Peace (La Paz de Dios) Student Center to provide Emely with a Christian education program, medical checkups, hygiene and health education, field trips, birthday celebrations, homework help and vocational activities. The center staff will also provide parenting education for the parents or guardians of Emely.
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