In his home, Ezequiel helps by gardening, caring for children and washing clothes. He lives with his stepfather and his mother. His stepfather is not employed and his mother is sometimes employed. There are 4 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Ezequiel participates in church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School. He is also in high school where his performance is average. Playing a musical instrument, soccer and swimming are his favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Ezequiel to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Ezequiel lives in the coastal community of The Recreation Citadel, home to approximately 110,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement or bamboo floors, plastic sheet walls and tin or cement roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, fish, bananas, beans, chicken, bread, beef, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, parasites, the flu, skin diseases and malaria. Most of the adults in The Recreation Citadel work as day laborers, street vendors, in domestic services or factories and earn the equivalent of $318 per month. This community needs water, telephone service and police protection.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Caminando con Jesus Student Center to provide Ezequiel with Bible teaching, medical exams, special celebrations, tuition assistance, crafts workshops and painting and drawing courses. The center staff will also provide conferences for the parents or guardians of Ezequiel.
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