Anyway, Ecuador is the only country where Mom is sponsoring two kids. Well, except for the U.S., where she is now also sponsoring two. The girl Mom has sponsored the longest in Ecuador is named Xiomara, and she is 16 years old. Mom started sponsoring her 9 years ago. The other girl is named Daniela, and she is 11. Mom has sponsored her for 7 years.
|View from Las Peñas; photo by MalenaN|
|Guayaquil slums; photo by Michael Shick|
Every month, Xiomara's father makes around $480 as a day laborer. Her mother is a homemaker. Right now it's summer vacation in Ecuador, but most of the year Xiomara goes to high school. Her favorite subject is art. She has a dog whose name is Loba, which means "she-wolf." We don't know if Loba is a big, scary dog, or if she's just a little cute thing. Xiomara's sister has a pet rabbit. The family used to have some chickens, but they don't have those anymore.
Mom would like to go to Ecuador sometime to visit Xiomara and Daniela. Also, Mom would like to go to the Galapagos Islands to see all the strange and wonderful animals and birds. I'd like to go to the Galapagos Islands, too, because I'm thinking that some of the strange and wonderful animals might be tasty to eat. But Mom says you are just supposed to look at them and not eat them. And besides, those big, giant tortoises have shells that are too hard to bite through. So now I'm thinking maybe I don't want to go to the Galapagos Islands after all.