Esnaider lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include gathering firewood, running errands and cleaning. His father is employed as a laborer and his mother is employed as a farmer. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Esnaider enjoys playing with cars, singing and playing ball games. He attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Your love and support will help Esnaider to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Esnaider lives in the mountainous community of Pijal, home to approximately 2,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and thatch roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Kichwa.
The regional diet consists of corn, potatoes and rice. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, parasites, diarrhea and respiratory diseases. Most adults in Pijal work as day laborers or in domestic services and earn the equivalent of $100 per month. This community needs vocational training, educational resources and permanent jobs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Kausay Ally Tukushka Student Center to provide Esnaider with Bible teaching, medical exams, health instruction, nutritious meals, recreational activities, vocational training and academic support. The center staff will also provide health classes and family education for the parents or guardians of Esnaider.
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 Ibarra