In her home, Paula helps by running errands. She lives with her mother. Her mother is employed.
For fun, Paula enjoys swimming, playing with dolls and running. She attends church activities regularly and is in kindergarten where her performance is average.
Please remember Paula in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Paula lives on the plains of The Carmen, home to approximately 89,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have zinc roofs. The regional diet consists of maize, bananas, bread and rice.
Common health problems in this area include parasitosis, dengue and malaria. Most adults in The Carmen are unemployed but some work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $300 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, substance abuse rehabilitation programs and parks.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Friends of Jesus (Amigos de Jesus) Student Center to provide Paula with Bible teaching, health education, dental checkups, special celebrations, retreats, community service opportunities, leadership education and academic reinforcement. The center staff will also provide workshops and social activities for the parents or guardians of Paula.
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 Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas