In his home, David helps by running errands. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed and his mother maintains the home.
As part of Compassion's ministry, David participates in church activities. He is also in pre-school where his performance is average. Art and hide-and-seek are his favorite activities.
Please remember David in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
David lives in the coastal community of Tumaco, an important seaport in southern Colombia, home to approximately 187,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt, cement or wood floors, wood or brick walls and tin or tile roofs.
The regional diet consists of bananas, fish, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include malaria, intestinal illnesses, malnutrition, parasitic infections, colds, fevers and dermatological diseases. Most adults are unemployed but some work as day laborers, market traders, fishermen or on plantations and earn the equivalent of $200 per month. Many of the Ecuadorian children move through the border to the Colombian city of Tumaco during seasonal work and many Colombian children seek refuge from violence in San Lorenzo.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Joyas de Cristo Tumaco Student Center to provide David with a Christian education, medical checkups, health education, values programs, entrepreneurship training and academic support.
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 San Lorenzo