Rebeca makes her home with her father and her mother. Sewing, washing clothes and helping in the kitchen are her household duties. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 5 children in the family.
For fun, Rebeca enjoys singing, telling stories and jumping rope. She attends church activities regularly and is in high school where her performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Rebeca will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Rebeca lives in the forested community of Chumug Licto, home to approximately 1,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement. The most commonly spoken language is Quichua.
The regional diet consists of maize, bread, rice, potatoes, cereal and guinea pig. Common health problems in this area include parasites, respiratory infections and dermatitis. Most adults in Chumug Licto work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $318 per month. This community needs doctors, schools, computer centers and agriculture training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Los Triunfadores Student Center to provide Rebeca with Bible studies, recreation activities and academic support. The center staff will also provide parental responsibility workshops for the parents or guardians of Rebeca.
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