Joustin lives with his mother. He is responsible for running errands. His mother is employed. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Joustin participates in church activities. He is also in kindergarten where his performance is average. Playing with cars, running and playing group games are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Joustin will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Joustin lives on the plains of Los Bajos, home to approximately 10,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt or cement floors, brick walls and zinc roofs. The regional diet consists of beans, chicken, plantains and rice.
Common health problems in this area include parasitic diseases, malnutrition, malaria, flu, dengue fever, dermatitis and stomach illnesses. Most adults in Los Bajos are unemployed but some work as market traders, animal herders or subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $170 per month. This community needs schools, technical training and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Monte Horeb Student Center to provide Joustin with Bible teaching, nutrition and hygiene education, sports, special celebrations and homework help. The center staff will also provide parents' school for the parents or guardians of Joustin.
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: Southeast of Manta