Andela lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for making beds, running errands and cleaning. Her father is employed as a farmer and her mother is sometimes employed.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Andela participates in church activities and Vacation Bible School. She is also in primary school where her performance is above average. Playing with dolls, jumping rope and listening to music are her favorite activities.
Please remember Andela in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Andela lives in the community of Borbón, home to approximately 6,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement, wood or bamboo floors, wood or bamboo walls and cement roofs.
The regional diet consists of bananas, chicken, fish, bread and beef. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, skin diseases and dengue. Most adults in Borbón are unemployed but some work as day laborers, in domestic service, on plantations or as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $140 per month. This community needs a sewer system, technical training centers and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Soldados de Jesus Student Center to provide Andela with Bible teaching, medical checkups and academic support. The center staff will also provide family counseling and parenting education for the parents or guardians of Andela.
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 San Lorenzo