Nexar lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include making beds, running errands and cleaning. There are 3 children in the family. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother is employed as a laborer.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Nexar participates in church activities, Vacation Bible School and camp. He is also in high school where his performance is average. Soccer, swimming and bicycling are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Nexar will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Nexar lives in the coastal community of Durán, home to approximately 255,800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have zinc roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of fish, plantains, beans, chicken and rice. Common health problems in this area include respiratory illnesses, skin diseases, parasites and malnutrition. Most adults work as laborers, in domestic services or as bricklayers and earn the equivalent of $250 per month. This community has paved streets but needs vocational training and environmental education.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Nueva Vida (New Life) Student Center to provide Nexar with Bible teaching, dental checkups, nutrition workshops, health care, birthday celebrations, soccer camps, homework help, guitar and drum classes and academic support. The center staff will also provide parenting education and counseling for the parents or guardians of Nexar.
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: East of Guayaquil