Joffre lives with his mother. At home, duties include running errands. His mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Joffre participates in Bible class. He is also in kindergarten where his performance is above average. Soccer, playing with cars and art are his favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Joffre to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Joffre lives in the coastal community of Gonzalo Chavez neighborhood, home to approximately 21,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of bamboo floors, brick and bamboo walls and zinc roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of fish, plantains, beans, bananas, bread and rice. Common health problems in this area include parasites, malnutrition, the flu, colds, fevers, dermatitis, stomach illnesses and dengue. Most adults in Gonzalo Chavez neighborhood work as street vendors, masons or in restaurants and earn the equivalent of $250 per month. This community needs schools, technical training and parenting workshops.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Fe Student Center to provide Joffre with Bible teaching, health education, special celebrations, literacy classes, life skills workshops and motivational lectures. The center staff will also provide meetings for the parents or guardians of Joffre.
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 Anconcito