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Ecuador

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Sponsors have helped Ecuadorian children since 1974, when Compassion teamed up with churches in Ecuador to fight poverty.

Where in the World?

western South America

Favorite ...

sports: soccer, bullfighting

foods: fried plantains, beef, chicken, ceviche

celebrations: Carnival, Easter, Corpus Cristi, harvest festivals

Claim to Fame

includes the Galapagos Islands, home to many animal species found nowhere else in the world

Wild Residents

ocelots, Galapagos giant tortoises, anacondas, manatees

Poverty Pitfalls

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There isn’t enough clean water. Compassion centers are safe places where kids play, learn and drink clean water.
Earthquakes, floods, and volcano eruptions are common and ruin people’s homes. Churches help when sponsored kids’ families lose their homes in disasters.
Mosquito bites cause sicknesses. Sponsored kids at risk of sicknesses get bed nets to keep out bugs.

Fun Facts

Carnival festivities usually include water fights — kids throw water balloons or dump water on people.

money: U.S. dollar

Its most active volcano, Sangay, erupted in 2010.

home to many beautiful beaches

The companies Dole and Chiquita grow many of their bananas here.

Part of the Amazon jungle is in Ecuador and is home to nine native people groups there.

Roasted guinea pig is considered a gourmet food.

Stat Snapshot

Stats

Ecuador 🇪🇨 United States 🇺🇸

Population

16,290,913 326,625, 791

People Living in Poverty

25.6% 15.1%

Languages

Spanish, Quechua

English 79%, Spanish 13%, Indo-European 3.7%, Asian and Pacific Island 3.4%, other 1%

Religions

Roman Catholic 74%, evangelical 10.4%, atheist 7.9%, other 6.5%, Jehovah’s Witness 1.2%

Protestant 46.5%, unaffiliated 22.8%, Roman Catholic 20.8%, Jewish 1.9%, Mormon 1.6%, other Christian 0.9%, Muslim 0.9%, Jehovah’s Witness 0.8%, Buddhist 0.7%, Hindu 0.7%, other/unspecified 2.4%

Typical Family Income

$11,200 per year $59,500 per year

MAIN SOURCE: World Factbook, 2018

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