Teresa lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for caring for children, washing clothes and running errands. Her father is sometimes employed as a seller in the market and her mother maintains the home. There are 5 children in the family.
Basketball, singing and listening to music are Teresa's favorite activities. In high school her performance is average and she also regularly attends youth group and camp.
Because of your sponsorship, Teresa will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Teresa lives on the plains of Neighborhood Masters of Chimborazo, home to approximately 201,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, brick walls and cement floors. The most commonly spoken language is Quichua.
The regional diet consists of maize, chicken, fish, bread, rice, beef and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, respiratory infections, parasites, intestinal illnesses and skin diseases. Most adults work as street market vendors and earn the equivalent of $200 per month. This community needs potable water, telephone service, employment opportunities and schools.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Dulce Refugio Student Center to provide Teresa with Bible teaching, choir, medical checkups, medicine, birthday celebrations, homework help, academic reinforcement and vocational workshops. The center staff will also provide nutrition education, handicraft training and parenting school for the parents or guardians of Teresa.
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: Southern Riobamba