María makes her home with her father and her mother. Caring for animals, 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 2 children in the family.
Singing, listening to music and hide-and-seek are María's favorite activities. In high school her performance is above average and she also regularly attends Bible class, youth group and choir.
Your love and support will help María to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
María lives in the desert community of Puasitud Alto, home to approximately 1,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, wood walls and thatched roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Quichua.
The regional diet consists of maize, beef, potatoes and quinoa (grain). Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, parasites and respiratory infections. Most adults in Puasitud Alto work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $318 per month. This community needs employment opportunities and recreational facilities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Embajadores del Rey Student Center to provide María with Bible studies, nutrition and hygiene education, medical checkups, special celebrations, homework help and recreational activities. The center staff will also provide parenting workshops, handicraft training and nutrition education for the parents or guardians of María.
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