Kevin lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include making beds, running errands and cleaning. There are 6 children in the family. His father is employed and his mother maintains the home.
Art, playing ball games and hide-and-seek are Kevin's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is above average and he also regularly attends church activities and Bible class.
Please remember Kevin in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Kevin lives on the plains of Bastión Popular, home to approximately 73,700 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement or tile floors, brick walls and tin roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of rice, bananas, beans, chicken, meat, bread and eggs. Common health problems in this area include malaria, diarrhea, yellow fever, malnutrition, parasites, skin diseases and respiratory infections. Most adults in Bastión Popular work in factories, as day laborers or in domestic services and earn the equivalent of $318 per month. This community needs basic utility services, schools, employment opportunities and recreation facilities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Bastión Popular Student Center to provide Kevin with Bible teaching, health education, nutritious food, medical and dental checkups, sports, birthday celebrations, music workshops and vocational training. The center staff will also provide parenting school for the parents or guardians of Kevin.
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: Northern Guayaquil