Jhon lives with his sister. His duties at home include caring for children, running errands and cleaning. There are 4 children in the family. His sister is sometimes employed as a project worker.
For fun, Jhon enjoys playing ball games, bicycling and running. He attends church activities regularly and is in high school where his performance is above average.
Because of your sponsorship, Jhon will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Jhon lives in the coastal community of La Florida District, home to approximately 1,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, cement walls and zinc roofs.
The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, fish, beef, plantains, rice and yucca. Common health problems in this area include parasitosis, skin diseases and respiratory illnesses. Half of the adults in La Florida District are unemployed but some work as street vendors or fishermen and earn the equivalent of $100 per month. This community needs technical studies centers, stable employment opportunities, parks and drinking water.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Centro Cristiano Emanuel Student Center to provide Jhon with Bible teaching, medical checkups, nutritious food, health education, special celebrations, academic reinforcement, homework help and a library. The center staff will also provide health education, counseling and parenting and nutrition workshops for the parents or guardians of Jhon.
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: North of Esmeraldas