Yahaira lives with her father and her mother. At home, duties include washing clothes, making beds and cleaning. Her father is employed and her mother maintains the home.
Art, jumping rope and bicycling are Yahaira's favorite activities. In primary school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Yahaira will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Yahaira lives in the coastal community of Juan Montalvo, home to approximately 35,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, brick walls and zinc roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of bananas and rice. Common health problems in this area include respiratory infections, dehydration, parasites, malnutrition, dengue fever and malaria. Most adults in Juan Montalvo work as craftsmen and earn the equivalent of $240 per month. This community needs potable water, food, health care and recreation areas.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Nazaret Student Center to provide Yahaira with Christian education, medical checkups, health education and academic support. The center staff will also provide special celebrations and family recreation trips for the parents or guardians of Yahaira.
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: Northern Guayaquil