Dalthon lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include carrying water, gathering firewood and washing clothes. There are 2 children in the family. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed as a laborer.
For fun, Dalthon enjoys ping pong, soccer and swimming. He attends Bible class regularly and is in primary school where his performance is above average.
Because of your sponsorship, Dalthon will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Dalthon lives in the mountainous community of Pucara De Riobamba, home to approximately 215,200 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors and brick walls. The most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, bread, guinea pig, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, parasites, diarrhea, respiratory illnesses and skin diseases. Most adults in Pucara De Riobamba work in domestic services and earn the equivalent of $150 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, vocational training workshops and drug and alcohol abuse prevention programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Hogar Feliz Student Center to provide Dalthon with Bible teaching, medical checkups, vitamins, special celebrations, homework help, education reinforcement and community service opportunities. The center staff will also provide handcraft workshops and first aid techniques training for the parents or guardians of Dalthon.
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: Southeastern Riobamba