Angeline lives with her father and her mother. Her father is employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. Angeline works at home running errands. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Angeline participates in church activities. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Playing house, playing with dolls and listening to music are her favorite activities.
Please remember Angeline in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Angeline lives on the plains of Los Sauces Citadel 1, home to approximately 5,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have zinc roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of beans, chicken, fish, bananas, rice, plantains, eggs and vermicelli. Common health problems in this area include acute bronchitis, parasite infections, malnutrition, malaria, typhoid fever, skin diseases, anemia, flu and pharyngitis. Most adults are unemployed but some work as farmers or fishermen and earn the equivalent of $294 per month. This community needs scholastic materials, paved streets and trash collection.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Joyas de Cristo Student Center to provide Angeline with Christian education, medical checkups, health education, special celebrations, homework help, academic reinforcement, shoes and computer classes. The center staff will also provide evangelism and health education for the parents or guardians of Angeline.
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: North section of Machala