Edwin lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include carrying water, caring for animals and washing clothes. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 2 children in the family.
For fun, Edwin enjoys soccer, bicycling and listening to music. He attends church activities, Vacation Bible School and camp regularly and is in primary school where his performance is above average.
Your love and support will help Edwin to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Edwin lives in the desert community of Miraflores Cochapamba, home to approximately 1,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and corrugated iron roofs. The most commonly spoken languages are Quichua and Spanish.
The regional diet consists of bread, rice, potatoes and guinea pig. Common health problems in this area include parasites, malnutrition, diarrhea and respiratory illnesses. Most adults in Miraflores Cochapamba work as farmers and earn the equivalent of $300 per month.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of The Pacific (El Pacifico) Student Center to provide Edwin with a Christian education, medical checkups, nutritious meals, hygiene and health education, sports, birthday celebrations, homework help and vocational training. In addition, non-schooled children receive preschool classes. Thirty percent of the children in this project do not attend school because they are underage. The center staff will also provide health education for the parents or guardians of Edwin.
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: West section of Riobamba