In her home, Darlexa helps by caring for children, washing clothes and cleaning. She lives with her father. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Darlexa participates in Bible class. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Playing with dolls, jumping rope and playing group games are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Darlexa will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Darlexa lives in the mountainous community of Carpuela, home to approximately 2,700 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tile roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of corn, beans and rice. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition and skin diseases. Most adults in Carpuela are unemployed but some work as day laborers, subsistence farmers or on plantations and earn the equivalent of $120 per month. This community needs libraries, computer centers, stable employment opportunities, drinking water and recreation centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Valle De Libertad Student Center to provide Darlexa with a Christian education program, medical checkups, nutritious food, health education, special celebrations, sports, cultural activities, homework help and academic reinforcement. The center staff will also provide evangelism for the parents or guardians of Darlexa.
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: Northeast of Ibarra