In his home, Jordy helps by caring for animals, running errands and cleaning. He lives with his grandfather and his mother. His grandfather is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed as a farmer.
Playing with cars, playing with marbles and playing group games are Jordy's favorite activities. In pre-school his performance is above average and he also regularly attends church activities.
Please remember Jordy in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Jordy lives in the coastal community of Guasmo Sur, home to approximately 12,600 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, block walls and zinc roofs.
The regional diet consists of bananas, fish, rice, plantains, chicken and beans. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, respiratory infections, dental cavities, skin diseases and parasites. Half of the adults in Guasmo Sur are unemployed but some work in domestic services, factories or as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $340 per month. This community needs vocational training centers, employment opportunities and parks.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Jesús es Pan de Vida Student Center to provide Jordy with Bible teaching, medical exams, nutritious food, health education, special celebrations, tutoring and school supplies. The center staff will also provide parenting education for the parents or guardians of Jordy.
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: Southern Guayaquil