In her home, Carolina helps by cleaning. She lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed and her mother maintains the home. There are 7 children in the family.
Playing with dolls, listening to music and playing group games are Carolina's favorite activities. In kindergarten her performance is average and she also regularly attends Vacation Bible School.
Because of your sponsorship, Carolina will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Carolina lives in the community of Cooperativa 5 de Junio, home to approximately 10,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt or cement floors, wood or brick walls and zinc roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, fish, beef, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, parasitosis (parasitic diseases), colds, dengue fever, skin diseases and stomach infections. Most adults are unemployed but some work as street vendors, in domestic service, or in factories and earn the equivalent of $60 per month. This community needs libraries, employment opportunities and security.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Hay Vida en Jesus Student Center to provide Carolina with Bible teaching, medical screenings, health education, dental checkups, special celebrations, activities to improve motor skills, homework help and counseling. The center staff will also provide parenting education for the parents or guardians of Carolina.
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: Northeast of Guayaquil