Tarhi lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include caring for animals, making beds and running errands. There are 3 children in the family. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed as a farmer.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Tarhi participates in church activities. He is also in primary school where his performance is above average. Soccer, playing ball games and bicycling are his favorite activities.
Please remember Tarhi in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Tarhi lives in the forested community of Pompeya Licto, home to approximately 1,200 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement. The primary ethnic group and language is Quichua.
The regional diet consists of maize, chicken, bread, beef and guinea pig. Common health problems in this area include the flu, parasites, respiratory infections and stomach problems. Most adults in Pompeya Licto work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $318 per month. This community needs schools, vocational training centers and medical facilities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Los Nuevos Mensajeros de Dios Student Center to provide Tarhi with Bible teaching, medical treatment, nutritious food, recreational activities and opportunities for community service. Thirty percent of the children in this project do not attend school because they lack economic resources. The center staff will also provide Bible teaching for the parents or guardians of Tarhi.
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