Cristhel lives with her mother. Her duties at home include making beds and running errands. There are 3 children in the family. Her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Cristhel participates in church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School. She is also in kindergarten where her performance is average. Singing, playing with dolls and playing ball games are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Cristhel will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Cristhel lives in the coastal community of Isla Trinitaria, home to approximately 20,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement, wood or earth floors; tin or brick walls; and tin, cement or zinc roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, chicken, fish, rice and beef. Common health problems in this area include allergies and acute respiratory infections. Most adults in Isla Trinitaria work as day laborers, vendors, in factories, as fishermen, in domestic services or as bricklayers and earn the equivalent of $160 per month. This community needs schools, water and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Camino a Jerusalem Student Center to provide Cristhel with Bible teaching, medical checkups, nutritious food, special celebrations, outdoor activities and tutoring. The center staff will also provide family worship for the parents or guardians of Cristhel.
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: South section of Guayaquil