Sergio lives with his father and his mother. His father is employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. Sergio works at home carrying water, caring for animals and making beds. There are 4 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Sergio participates in church activities and Bible class. He is also in primary school where his performance is above average. Soccer, playing with cars and singing are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Sergio will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Sergio lives in the coastal community of Barrio Ruminahui, home to approximately 4,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood floors, brick walls and zinc roofs.
The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, chicken, fish, bread, beef and rice. Common health problems in this area include bronchitis, parasitic infections, fevers, pharyngitis, dengue, malaria, typhoid, rotavirus and pneumonia. Most adults work as street vendors, on plantations or in domestic services and earn the equivalent of $120 per month. This community needs basic utility services, trash collection services and improved education facilities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Bendición Student Center to provide Sergio with Bible teaching, Bibles, medical checkups, nutritious food, hygiene and health education, birthday celebrations, academic reinforcement, music and computation classes and vocational training. The center staff will also provide health care education and family relationship lectures for the parents or guardians of Sergio.
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: South section of Machala