Jostin lives with his father and his mother. His father is employed and his mother is sometimes employed. Jostin works at home cleaning. There are 3 children in the family.
Playing with cars, playing ball games and bicycling are Jostin's favorite activities. In pre-school his performance is above average and he also regularly attends church activities.
Jostin is visually impaired. Please pray for him and be assured that your sponsorship helps him to live a fulfilled life.
Jostin lives coastal community of San Mateo, home to approximately 12,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt or cement floors, brick walls and tile roofs.
The regional diet consists of fish. Common health problems in this area are parasitic diseases, malnutrition, diarrhea, respiratory illnesses, malaria, yellow fever, dengue and dermatitis. Most adults work as fishermen and earn the equivalent of $50 per month. This community needs stable employment opportunities, vocational training workshops, parks and public safety.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Buen Samaritano Student Center to provide Jostin with Christian education, medical screenings, health education, birthday celebrations, homework assistance and educational support. The center staff will also provide health education and parenting education for the parents or guardians of Jostin.
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: West of Manta