Acenat lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother maintains the home. Acenat works at home making beds, running errands and cleaning. There are 7 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Acenat participates in Bible class. She is also in primary school where her performance is above average. Playing house, playing with dolls and running are her favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Acenat to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Acenat lives in the mountainous community of Cumanda, home to approximately 10,700 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt, cement or wood floors; brick walls; and tin or cement roofs.
The regional diet consists of chicken, bread, plantains and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include respiratory infections, skin diseases, parasites and urinary tract infections. Most adults in Cumanda work as day laborers, animal herders or in domestic services and earn the equivalent of $318 per month. This community needs stable employment opportunities and recreation centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Roca Eterna Student Center to provide Acenat with evangelism, Christian leadership training, hygiene and health education, recreational games, literacy and life skills workshops and music training. The center staff will also provide counseling and child care training for the parents or guardians of Acenat.
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