Fanny makes her home with her father and her mother. Caring for animals, making beds and running errands are her household duties. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother is sometimes employed as a farmer.
For fun, Fanny enjoys basketball, singing and playing group games. She attends Bible class and Vacation Bible School regularly and is in high school where her performance is average.
Please remember Fanny in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Fanny lives in the highlands of Ecuador in the community of Salasaca, home to approximately 12,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors and cement walls. The most commonly spoken language is Quichua.
The regional diet consists of maize, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, parasites and severe respiratory infections. Most adults in Salasaca work as day laborers, animal herders or on plantations and earn the equivalent of $340 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, recreational centers and academic resources.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Maragunac Musha Yuyi Student Center to provide Fanny with Bible studies, nutrition and hygiene education, medical checkups, special celebrations, homework help, nutritious food and recreational activities. The center staff will also provide animal breeding workshops, handicrafts training and nutrition education for the parents or guardians of Fanny.
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: East of Ambato