Demy makes her home with her father and her mother. Running errands is her household duty. Her father is employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home.
For fun, Demy enjoys art, playing with dolls and playing ball games. She attends church activities regularly and is in kindergarten where her performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Demy will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Demy lives in the mountainous community of Guale, home to approximately 1,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood floors, wood or bamboo walls and zinc roofs. The regional diet consists of maize, beans, plantains and rice.
Common health problems in this area include classic and hemorrhagic dengue, malaria, skin diseases, respiratory illnesses and malnutrition. Most adults in Guale work on plantations, as animal herders or as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $150 per month. This community needs schools, clothing and food.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of New Generation Student Center to provide Demy with Bible teaching, medical and dental checkups, health education, leadership training, camps, retreats, academic support, food, medication and scholastic materials. Ninety percent of the children in this project are not attending school because they are underage. The center staff will also provide health education, counseling and evangelism for the parents or guardians of Demy.
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: Southwest of El Carmen