Carlos lives with his uncle and his mother. At home, duties include washing clothes, helping in the kitchen and running errands. His uncle is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is employed as a laborer. There are 2 children in the family.
Soccer, listening to music and reading are Carlos's favorite activities. In high school his performance is above average and he also regularly attends church activities, Vacation Bible School and youth group.
Because of your sponsorship, Carlos will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Carlos lives in the mountainous community of Coop. 27 De Enero, home to approximately 30,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and metal roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, fish, plantains, rice and chicken. Common health problems in this area include respiratory infections, dehydration, parasites, malnutrition, dengue and malaria. Most adults work as day laborers, in factories or in domestic services and earn the equivalent of $292 per month. This community needs food, recreation areas, potable water, garbage collection and a sewer system.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Peniel Student Center to provide Carlos with Bible teaching, Bibles, medical checkups, nutritious food, health education, special celebrations, vocational workshops and academic support. The center staff will also provide parenting education and special celebrations for the parents or guardians of Carlos.
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: Northwestern Guayaquil