Jeremias lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for cleaning. His father is employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 4 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Jeremias participates in church activities. He is also in kindergarten where his performance is average. Soccer and playing with cars are his favorite activities.
Please remember Jeremias in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Jeremias lives in the coastal community of Banife, home to approximately 130,800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, bamboo walls and tin roofs. The regional diet consists of maize, beans, fish, potatoes, bananas, plantains, chicken and rice.
Common health problems in this area include gastrointestinal illnesses, parasites, respiratory infections, skin diseases and urinary infections. Most adults in Banife work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $200 per month. This community needs educational materials, libraries, employment opportunities, health centers and a public sewer system.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of El Momento de Dios Student Center to provide Jeremias with Bible classes, health education, nutritious food, medical checkups, sports and academic reinforcement. The center staff will also provide worship services for the parents or guardians of Jeremias.
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