Dana lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for carrying water and running errands. Her father is employed as a teacher and her mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Dana participates in church activities and Bible class. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Art, playing with dolls and playing group games are her favorite activities.
Please remember Dana in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Dana lives in the coastal community of Las Américas District, home to approximately 1,200 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, wood walls and tin or wood roofs.
The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, fish, beef, plantains, rice and yucca. Common health problems in this area include scabies, parasites, respiratory illnesses and diarrhea. Most adults in Las Américas District work as street vendors or fishermen and earn the equivalent of $200 per month. This community needs paved streets, drinkable water, vocational training and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Pedacito de Cielo Student Center to provide Dana with Bible teaching, medical checkups, health and hygiene education, nutritious food, recreational activities, special celebrations, educational reinforcement, homework help and access to a library. The center staff will also provide health education and counseling for the parents or guardians of Dana.
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: Northern Esmeraldas