Beljica makes her home with her grandfather and her mother. Carrying water, gathering firewood and helping in the kitchen are her household duties. Her grandfather is not employed and her mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 4 children in the family.
Playing house, playing with dolls and hide-and-seek are Beljica's favorite activities. In primary school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities and Bible class.
Because of your sponsorship, Beljica will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Beljica lives on the plains of Majipamba, home to approximately 1,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement. The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bread, beef and potatoes.
Common health problems in this area include the flu, dermatitis, intestinal illnesses, parasites and tuberculosis. Most adults in Majipamba work as street market vendors and earn the equivalent of $292 per month. This community needs employment opportunities and vocational workshops.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Los Corderitos Student Center to provide Beljica with Bible teaching, health and nutrition education, medical checkups, special celebrations, a computer center, disaster prevention education and academic reinforcement. The center staff will also provide health and hygiene education and handicraft workshops for the parents or guardians of Beljica.
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