Maritza lives with her father and her mother. Her duties at home include carrying water, caring for animals and running errands. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother is sometimes employed as a farmer.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Maritza participates in church activities, Bible class and youth group. She is also in kindergarten where her performance is above average. Playing house, art and playing with dolls are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Maritza will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Maritza lives in the mountainous community of La Vaquería, home to approximately 3,200 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt or cement floors, brick walls and tin roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, chicken, guinea pig and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include parasitic diseases, malnutrition, the flu, colds, fevers and dermatitis. Most adults in La Vaquería work as animal herders or subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $140 per month. This community needs schools, qualified teachers and improved agricultural production.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Rayitos de Sol Student Center to provide Maritza with Bible teaching, retreats, leadership training, nutrition and hygiene education, sporting events, special celebrations and development activities. The center staff will also provide sewing, knitting, cooking and embroidery workshops and short-cycle products production improvement training for the parents or guardians of Maritza.
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: Southwest of Riobamba