Juan lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for running errands. His father is sometimes employed as a seller in the market and his mother maintains the home. There are 5 children in the family.
For fun, Juan enjoys playing ball games, hide-and-seek and running. He attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where his performance is above average.
Your love and support will help Juan to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Juan lives in the coastal community of Marco Proaño Horizontes Altos, home to approximately 30,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have zinc roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of fish, beef, plantains, rice and yucca. Common health problems in this area include malaria, dengue, the flu, anemia, typhoid and skin infections. Most adults in Marco Proaño Horizontes Altos are unemployed but some work as day laborers, subsistence farmers or in domestic services and earn the equivalent of $200 per month. This community needs employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Ebenezer Student Center to provide Juan with Bible teaching, medical checkups, health education, nutritious food, sports, special celebrations, sewing classes and computer courses. The center staff will also provide parenting education for the parents or guardians of Juan.
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: In Quininde