Bryan lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for caring for animals and running errands. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
Soccer, playing ball games and bicycling are Bryan's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is above average and he also regularly attends church activities and Bible class.
Your love and support will help Bryan to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Bryan lives in the coastal community of Las Minas-Sector 73, home to approximately 5,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of bamboo floors, brick or bamboo walls and zinc roofs.
The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, fish, bread, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include parasitic diseases, malnutrition, the flu, colds, fevers, dermatitis, dengue and stomach infections. Most adults in Las Minas-Sector 73 work as street vendors or fishermen and earn the equivalent of $150 per month. This community needs schools, technical training centers, basic services and adult literacy programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Gracia Student Center to provide Bryan with Bible teaching, medical screenings, health education, dental checkups, special celebrations, tutoring and homework help. The center staff will also provide counseling for the parents or guardians of Bryan.
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: Southwest of La Libertad