Sayay lives with his father and his mother. His father is employed as a teacher and his mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. Sayay works at home carrying water, gathering firewood and running errands.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Sayay participates in church activities. He is also in pre-school where his performance is average. Soccer, playing with cars and singing are his favorite activities.
Please remember Sayay in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Sayay lives in the mountainous community of Mancheno San Virgilio, home to approximately 1,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, brick walls and corrugated iron roofs. The regional diet consists of bread, rice, potatoes and guinea pigs.
Common health problems in this area include parasites, malnutrition, diarrhea and respiratory illnesses. Most adults in Mancheno San Virgilio work as farmers and earn the equivalent of $80 per month.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Daniel Student Center to provide Sayay with Christian education, medical checkups, nutritious food, hygiene and health education, birthday celebrations, sports, homework help, academic reinforcement, vocational training activities and community service opportunities. In addition, early stimulation activities are available for non-schooled children. The center staff will also provide health education and parenting education for the parents or guardians of Sayay.
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 of Riobamba