Ecuador is a diverse country on South America’s west coast, encompassing the Amazon rainforest, the Andes Mountains and the Galápagos Islands. Ecuador’s economy is largely based on petroleum, but despite its profitability, one quarter of the population still lives below the poverty line. In the communities where Compassion serves, most people survive on just a few dollars a day. Alcoholism, abandonment and low levels of education are serious issues.
Four times as many babies die during their first year of life in Ecuador compared to Canada.
Nine times as many women in Ecuador die from pregnancy-related causes compared to Canada.
Nearly one of every three children in Ecuador has stunted growth from malnutrition in the first two years of life.
Only 40 per cent of women exclusively breastfeed during their babies’ first six months of life.
One in every four people in Ecuador lives below the national poverty line.
But this can change.
Disease control, prenatal care, breastfeeding promotion, immunization and sanitation programs are slashing rates of child and maternal mortality around the world. Since 1990, there are 17,000 fewer children dying each day!
AND YOU CAN BE A PART OF THIS.
The Child Survival Program in Ecuador will ensure babies and pregnant women receive the health care they need. Mothers will have the opportunity to learn about things like disease prevention and nutrition. They will also learn vocational skills to help support their families. And, best of all, families will be introduced to new life in the gospel of Jesus Christ.