Maria lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. Maria works at home washing clothes and helping in the kitchen. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Maria enjoys playing with toys. She attends youth group regularly and is in high school where her performance is above average.
Your love and support will help Maria to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Maria lives in the mountainous community of Colta-Monjas Alto, home to approximately 2,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, brick walls and cement roofs. The most commonly spoken languages are Quichua and Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, guinea pig, bread, goat and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, diarrhea, parasites, respiratory illnesses and skin diseases. Most adults work as animal herders and earn the equivalent of $100 per month. This community needs employment opportunities and schools.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Mas Que Vencedores Student Center to provide Maria with Bible teaching, medical checkups, hygiene and health education, special celebrations, sports, academic reinforcement and community service opportunities. The center staff will also provide health education for the parents or guardians of Maria.
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