Wilmer lives with his grandfather and his grandmother. His duties at home include running errands and cleaning. His grandfather is employed as a farmer and his grandmother is employed.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Wilmer participates in church activities and Bible class. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Art, playing ball games and playing group games are his favorite activities.
Please remember Wilmer in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Wilmer lives on the plains of Lomas de San José-Canton Rocafuerte, home to approximately 2,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of bamboo floors, wood or zinc walls and zinc roofs. The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, plantains and rice.
Common health problems in this area include respiratory illnesses and parasitic leptospirosis. Most adults work as subsistence farmers or market traders and earn the equivalent of $150 per month. This community needs technical training centers, employment opportunities and recreation centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Jericó Student Center to provide Wilmer with Bible teaching, medical care, nutritious food, sports, life skills training, tutoring and academic support. Forty percent of the children in this project are not attending school because they are underage. The center staff will also provide family counseling and parenting education for the parents or guardians of Wilmer.
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: In Rocafuerte