Dayana makes her home with her father and her mother. Making beds, running errands and cleaning are her household duties. Her father is employed and her mother is employed. There are 3 children in the family.
Dayana is not presently attending school. Rolling a hoop, playing house and playing with dolls are her favorite activities. She also attends church activities regularly.
Because of your sponsorship, Dayana will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Dayana lives in the hillside community of Latacunga, home to approximately 170,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, wood walls and tin roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beef, potatoes, vegetables and quinoa (grain). Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, parasites, severe respiratory infections and the flu. Most adults in Latacunga work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $318 per month. This community needs employment opportunities and recreation centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Los Corderitos Student Center to provide Dayana with Bible studies, health workshops, nutritious food, special celebrations, sports and homework assistance. The center staff will also provide parenting workshops for the parents or guardians of Dayana.
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: Western Latacunga