Joel lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include running errands and cleaning. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Joel participates in church activities. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer, playing with cars and hide-and-seek are his favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Joel to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Joel lives on the plains of Gatazo-Elena Zambrano, home to approximately 1,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have brick walls. The most commonly spoken languages are Quichua and Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bread and beef. Common health problems in this area include bronchitis, the flu, coughs, intestinal infections, anemia, dental and eye diseases. Most adults in Gatazo-Elena Zambrano work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $341 per month. This community needs suitable housing, potable water, a sewer system and telephone service.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Belen Student Center to provide Joel with Bible teaching, medical checkups, health education, vitamins, special celebrations, homework help, academic reinforcement and community service opportunities. The center staff will also provide nutrition education and handicraft training for the parents or guardians of Joel.
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