Grace lives with her father and her mother. At home, duties include washing clothes, making beds and helping in the kitchen. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
Basketball is Grace's favorite activity. In high school her performance is above average and she also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School.
Because of your sponsorship, Grace will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Grace lives in the mountainous community of Juan Montalvo, home to approximately 11,000 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, rice, potatoes, chicken and beef. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, parasites, diarrhea and respiratory diseases. Most adults in Juan Montalvo work as day laborers, on plantations, as market traders or subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $230 per month. This community needs technical training, educational materials and permanent jobs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Carita Feliz Student Center to provide Grace with Christian education, medical checkups, health education, nutritious food, sports, special celebrations, homework help, academic reinforcement and vocational courses. The center staff will also provide parenting school, evangelism and health education for the parents or guardians of Grace.
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: North of Quito