David lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for making beds, running errands and cleaning. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed. There are 5 children in the family.
For fun, David enjoys soccer, playing with marbles and playing ball games. He attends Bible class regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Please remember David in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
David lives in the mountainous community of Chillanes, home to approximately 17,400 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt, wood or cement floors; brick walls; and tin or cement roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, chicken, beef, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include respiratory illnesses, stomach infections and malnutrition. Most adults in Chillanes work as animal herders or subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $340 per month. This community needs improved educational infrastructure, libraries, agricultural training and vocational training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Estrella de la Mañana (Star of the Morning) Student Center to provide David with Bible teaching, medical checkups, health education, sports, field trips, academic support and motor skills development. The center staff will also provide cooking, sewing and embroidery workshops for the parents or guardians of David.
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 Guaranda