Jorge lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include making beds and running errands. His father is employed and his mother maintains the home. There are 4 children in the family.
For fun, Jorge enjoys soccer, playing with cars and running. He attends Bible class regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Please remember Jorge in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Jorge lives on the plains of Cooperativa 21 de Agosto, home to approximately 50,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have brick walls.
The regional diet consists of chicken, beans, bread, potatoes, beef, bananas, rice and fish. Common health problems in this area include malaria, malnutrition, dengue fever, diarrhea, skin infections, parasites, cholera and respiratory disorders. Most adults work as day laborers, on plantations or as market traders and earn the equivalent of $120 per month. This community has basic utility services but needs medical facilities, technical schools, food and recreation facilities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Camino de Sion Student Center to provide Jorge with Bible teaching, hygiene and health education, nutritious food, birthday celebrations, field trips, sports and academic reinforcement. The center staff will also provide evangelism and health education for the parents or guardians of Jorge.
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: East of Machala