In her home, Ninoska helps by making beds, helping in the kitchen and running errands. She lives with her father and her grandmother. Her father is employed as a laborer and her grandmother maintains the home.
Singing, bicycling and playing group games are Ninoska's favorite activities. In primary school her performance is above average and she also regularly attends church activities.
Please remember Ninoska in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Ninoska lives in the mountainous community of Nuevo Portoviejo-Pachinche, home to approximately 6,800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, wood or zinc walls and zinc roofs.
The regional diet consists of corn, beans, fish, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include respiratory diseases and digestive disorders. Most adults work as market traders, animal herders or subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $150 per month. This community needs improved sanitation, schools, employment opportunities and recreation centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Monte de Sión Student Center to provide Ninoska 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 workshops for the parents or guardians of Ninoska.
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 Portoviejo