Yariel lives with his mother. His duties at home include running errands. His mother is employed.
Yariel is not attending school because he is too young. Playing ball games and playing group games are his favorite activities. He also attends church activities regularly.
Your love and support will help Yariel to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Yariel lives in the island community of Pampanal de Bolívar, home to approximately 1,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt or cement floors, bamboo or cement walls and zinc roofs. The primary ethic group is Afro-Ecuadorian.
The regional diet consists of bananas, fish, bread and rice. Common health problems in this area include malaria, parasites, malnutrition and skin diseases. Half of the adults in Pampanal de Bolívar are unemployed but some work as day laborers or as fisherman and earn the equivalent of $150 per month. This community needs a sewage system, clean water, a trash collection system, employment opportunities, secondary education and health care facilities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Pampanal Child Development Center to provide Yariel with Bible teaching, medical care, nutritious food, sports, vocational training and music classes. The center staff will also provide parenting classes and counseling for the parents or guardians of Yariel.
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: Northwest of San Lorenzo