Genesis lives with her father and her mother. Her duties at home include caring for children, washing clothes and making beds. There are 3 children in the family. Her father is sometimes employed as a seller in the market and her mother maintains the home.
For fun, Genesis enjoys singing, art and playing ball games. She attends church activities, Bible class and camp regularly and is in high school where her performance is average.
Your love and support will help Genesis to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Genesis lives on the plains of Suburbio Oeste, home to approximately 18,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement or wood floors; brick or wood walls; and tin roofs.
The regional diet consists of rice, bananas, beans, chicken, bread, meat and eggs. Common health problems in this area include respiratory illnesses, the flu and eye and skin diseases. Half of the adults in Suburbio Oeste are unemployed but some work as street vendors or day laborers and earn the equivalent of $200 per month. This community needs stable employment opportunities, police services and a medical center.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Salvados por Cristo Student Center to provide Genesis with Bible teaching, medical and dental checkups, health education, special celebrations, sports, nutritious food and school supplies. The center staff will also provide conferences for the parents or guardians of Genesis.
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: Southeastern Guayaquil