Jonathan lives with his grandmother. His grandmother is sometimes employed as a farmer. Jonathan works at home teaching others, washing clothes and making beds. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Jonathan participates in youth group and camp. He is also in high school where his performance is above average. Soccer, swimming and listening to music are his favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Jonathan to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Jonathan lives in the mountainous community of Huapante Grande, home to approximately 1,900 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have dirt floors. The most commonly spoken languages are Quichua and Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, potatoes, rice and cereal. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, parasites and severe respiratory infections. Most adults in Huapante Grande work as subsistence farmers or on plantations and earn the equivalent of $340 per month. This community needs potable water, high schools and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Jireth Student Center to provide Jonathan with Bible teaching, medical checkups, hygiene education, special celebrations, homework help, nutritious food and sports. The center staff will also provide handicraft training and nutrition education for the parents or guardians of Jonathan.
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