Alex lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include carrying water, running errands and cleaning. There are 5 children in the family. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed as a farmer.
Soccer, walking and playing ball games are Alex's favorite activities. In kindergarten his performance is above average and he also regularly attends church activities.
Please remember Alex in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Alex lives in the mountainous community of Cashapamba, home to approximately 1,800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt or wood floors; mud or brick walls; and tin or thatched roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Kichwa.
The regional diet consists of maize, chicken, guinea pig and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include respiratory infections, skin diseases and parasites. Most adults in Cashapamba work as day laborers, animal herders or subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $318 per month. This community needs schools, irrigation water, recreation centers and technical training in agriculture and animal husbandry.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Sembradores de Cristo Student Center to provide Alex with evangelism, Christian leadership training, hygiene and health education, recreation activities, skills development workshops and nutrition education. The center staff will also provide counseling and child care training for the parents or guardians of Alex.
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 Guaranda