Erick lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include gathering firewood, caring for animals and running errands. His father is sometimes employed and his mother is sometimes employed. There are 4 children in the family.
Soccer, playing ball games and playing group games are Erick's favorite activities. In kindergarten his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities and Bible class.
Please remember Erick in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Erick lives in the mountainous community of Guaranda, home to approximately 91,900 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement or wood floors, brick walls and cement or tin roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, chicken, guinea pig and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include respiratory illnesses, parasites and skin diseases. Most adults in Guaranda work as day laborers, street vendors or in domestic services and earn the equivalent of $318 per month. This community needs school supplies, stable employment opportunities and parks.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Nuevos Horizontes Student Center to provide Erick with Christian leadership training, evangelism, health and hygiene education, tutoring, life skills workshops, academic support, games, motor skills development and nutrition education. The center staff will also provide child care training and motivational lectures for the parents or guardians of Erick.
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: In Guaranda