Nixon lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. Nixon works at home making beds, running errands and cleaning. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Nixon participates in church activities. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Singing, art and reading are his favorite activities.
Please remember Nixon in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Nixon lives in the coastal community of Ciudadela Grelia Reyes, home to approximately 5,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of bamboo floors, brick, bamboo and plastic walls and zinc roofs.
The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, fish, bread, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include parasites, malnutrition, flu, colds, fevers, dermatitis and stomach infections. Most adults work as street vendors or as fishermen and earn the equivalent of $150 per month. This community needs a health center, public schools, technical training and recreation centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Misericordia Student Center to provide Nixon with Bible teaching, medical screenings, health education, dental checkups, special celebrations, sports activities, counseling and homework help. The center staff will also provide counseling for the parents or guardians of Nixon.
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: Northeast of downtown La Libertad