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Melanie Scarleth Reyes Gómez  

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  • Age: 7
  • Birthday: May 13, 2007
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Ecuador
  • Center: Un Lugar de Esperanza Student Center
  • Child ID: EC5670095
    • Waiting: 200 Days for a sponsor.
Melanie lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for making beds and running errands. Her father is sometimes employed and her mother maintains the home.

For fun, Melanie enjoys playing house, art and playing with dolls. She attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where her performance is above average.

Your prayers are especially appreciated for Melanie because she is receiving regular medical treatment. Your sponsorship helps provide the care and love she needs.
Melanie lives in the community of Monet Sinai, home to approximately 16,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, bamboo or cardboard walls and tile or plastic sheet roofs.

The regional diet consists of plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, anemia and parasites. Most adults in Monte Sinai are unemployed but some work as day laborers or in domestic services and earn the equivalent of $318 per month. This community needs basic services, schools, technical training institutes and employment opportunities.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Un Lugar de Esperanza Student Center to provide Melanie with Bible studies, medical care, games and tutoring. Seventy percent of the children in this project are not attending school because there are not enough schools. The center staff will also provide handicraft training and bakery and beautician courses for the parents or guardians of Melanie.
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: Northwest of Guayaquil

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