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Relief and development organization helping children worldwide by tackling causes of poverty and developing access to clean water, food, health care, education, and economic opportunities.

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To accomplish our mission making the most responsible and effective use of the resources that the Lord provides, by producing and distributing radio broadcasts, financially supporting national missionaries, providing Christian literature, and employing any other means that will bring honor to the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Ecuador has the highest deforestation rate and the worst environmental rating in all of South America.1 Deforestation and oil exploration in recent years have devastated the environment as the country expanded economically. It is estimated that if deforestation rates continue, the Amazon rainforest will be completely gone in 40 years.2 Despite the fact that Ecuador is only responsible for 0.1% of the worldâ's total greenhouse gas emissions, the country remains very vulnerable to the negative effects that result from climate change.3 Glacier coverage in the country has been reduced by 30%, which could spell disaster for the surrounding cities which have relied heavily on the glacier as a water source.4

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1 http://rainforests.mongabay.com/20ecuador.htm
2 http://www.nationsencyclopedia.com/Americas/Ecuador-ENVIRONMENT.html#b
3 http://latinamericanscience.org/2013/11/ecuador-steps-up-its-fight-against-climate-change/
4 Ibid
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Ecuador News

ABC News 
In this Aug. 13, 2017 handout photo provided by Galapagos National Park a park ranger takes part in the inspection of a Chinese flag ship where 300 tons of ... See more..
Creators Syndicate 
A few years back some influential magazines published complimentary articles about the relatively undiscovered Ecuadorian town of Cuenca that set off an explosion of foreigners moving there. Choosing a city rather than a country for the first time ever ... See more..
BBC News 
The boat was caught in the Galapagos Islands with 300 tonnes of fish, including endangered sharks. See more..
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NextShark 
A Chinese crew of 20 fishermen has been detained in Ecuador after being found on a vessel that carried 300 tons of frozen marine animals, including protected ... See more..
teleSUR English 
Carlos Mina ranked fourth at last year's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro — only one fight away from becoming the second Ecuadorean athlete ever to win an Olympic medal. Olympic boxing champion Carlos Mina shared with teleSUR his insights about the ... See more..
Indian Country Today Media Network 
The Sapara people of Ecuador are fighting to keep more oil drilling out of their territory, especially after a recent meeting with the Ecuadorean government that left the issue unresolved, and silence from an international organization that had given ... See more..
OilPrice.com 
One month after abandoning the OPEC production cut deal and shaking the alliance, Ecuador said this week that it was planning to cap its crude oil production ... See more..
Times LIVE 
Ecuador's Millán conquers the extremes of the planet. 20 August 2017 - 00:00 By DAVID ISAACSON. Millán Ludeña descends into the Mponang gold mine Sunday morning as he embarks on the first half of his quest to run in the deepest recess of Earth and ... See more..
Los Angeles Times 
Kariné Armen went to Ecuador in March 2016, where she witnessed a procession in Quito during Holy Week, or Semana Santa. Armen said in many Latin American countries the color purple represents loyalty, penance and mourning of the crucifixion. See more..
The Boston Globe 
The Galapagos Islands are at the top of many people's lists of places to visit. I was no exception. So, a week after my recent retirement, I flew off to the famous site where Charles Darwin began to develop his theory of evolution. When my husband and ... See more..
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Geography

Western South America, bordering the Pacific Ocean at the Equator, between Colombia and Peru
Area

Total 283,561 sq km
Land 276,841 sq km
Water 6,720 sq km

***NOTE*** includes Galapagos Islands
Climate

tropical along coast, becoming cooler inland at higher elevations; tropical in Amazonian jungle lowlands
Natural Resources

petroleum, fish, timber, hydropower ;
Natural Hazards

frequent earthquakes; landslides; volcanic activity; floods; periodic droughts

volcanism: volcanic activity concentrated along the Andes Mountains; Sangay (elev. 5,230 m), which erupted in 2010, is mainland Ecuador's most active volcano; other historically active volcanoes in the Andes include Antisana, Cayambe, Chacana, Cotopaxi, Guagua Pichincha, Reventador, Sumaco, and Tungurahua; Fernandina (elev. 1,476 m), a shield volcano that last erupted in 2009, is the most active of the many Galapagos volcanoes; other historically active Galapagos volcanoes include Wolf, Sierra Negra, Cerro Azul, Pinta, Marchena, and Santiago volcanic activity concentrated along the Andes Mountains; Sangay (elev. 5,230 m), which erupted in 2010, is mainland Ecuador's most active volcano; other historically active volcanoes in the Andes include Antisana, Cayambe, Chacana, Cotopaxi, Guagua Pichincha, Reventador, Sumaco, and Tungurahua; Fernandina (elev. 1,476 m), a shield volcano that last erupted in 2009, is the most active of the many Galapagos volcanoes; other historically active Galapagos volcanoes include Wolf, Sierra Negra, Cerro Azul, Pinta, Marchena, and Santiago
Current Environmental Issues

deforestation; soil erosion; desertification; water pollution; pollution from oil production wastes in ecologically sensitive areas of the Amazon Basin and Galapagos Islands

Demographics

Nationality
Ecuadorian
Population
15,439,429 (July 2013 est.)
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Ecuador is substantially dependent on its petroleum resources, which have accounted for more than half of the country's export earnings and approximately two-fifths of public sector revenues in recent years. In 1999/2000, Ecuador's economy suffered from a banking crisis, with GDP contracting by 5.3% and poverty increasing significantly. In March 2000, the Congress approved a series of structural reforms that also provided for the adoption of the US dollar as legal tender. Dollarization stabilized the economy, and positive growth returned in the years that followed, helped by high oil prices, remittances, and increased non-traditional exports. From 2002-06 the economy grew ...See More an average of 4.3% per year, the highest five-year average in 25 years. After moderate growth in 2007, the economy reached a growth rate of 6.4% in 2008, buoyed by high global petroleum prices and increased public sector investment. President Rafael CORREA, who took office in January 2007, defaulted in December 2008 on Ecuador's sovereign debt, which, with a total face value of approximately US$3.2 billion, represented about 30% of Ecuador's public external debt. In May 2009, Ecuador bought back 91% of its "defaulted" bonds via an international reverse auction. Economic policies under the CORREA administration - for example, an announcement in late 2009 of its intention to terminate 13 bilateral investment treaties, including one with the United States - have generated economic uncertainty and discouraged private investment. The Ecuadorian economy slowed to 1% growth in 2009 due to the global financial crisis and to the sharp decline in world oil prices and remittance flows. Growth picked up to a 3.3% rate in 2010 and nearly 8% in 2011, before falling to 5% in 2012. China has become Ecuador's largest foreign lender since Quito defaulted in 2008, allowing the government to maintain a high rate of social spending; Ecuador contracted with the Chinese government for more than $9 billion in oil for cash and project loans as of December 2012. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$155.8 billion (2012 est.); $148.4 billion (2011 est.); $137.4 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

26.8% of GDP (2012 est.); 27.5% of GDP (2011 est.); 24.6% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

bananas, coffee, cocoa, rice, potatoes, manioc (tapioca), plantains, sugarcane; cattle, sheep, pigs, beef, pork, dairy products; fish, shrimp; balsa wood
Industries

petroleum, food processing, textiles, wood products, chemicals