Ecuador

Working With Children in Ecuador

When Pope Francis, the first pope from Latin America, visited Ecuador, he made a passionate public plea for the rich to help poor families in the country. Ongoing challenges for children in Ecuador include low literacy rates and the abuse and exploitation of children.

Ecuador has the highest rate of child labor in Latin America, which involves close to one third of all indigenous children. We have focused efforts on parent education so children’s well-being starts at home. Families are encouraged to make education a priority with books and quiet spaces. Other initiatives to support the wellbeing of children in Ecuador include extracurricular clubs, basic health services, child protection training and help for families to improve income and nutrition sources.

Your impact in Ecuador

Together, we’re making real change in the lives of children, families and communities. Just some of what was achieved with the support of Canadian child sponsors in the past year:
  • 4 meetings were held by the community to advocate for better child protection services
  • 6 government officials responsible for child protection understand the risks local children face
  • 7,146 children and teens have a strong relationship with their father, mother or caregiver
  • 48 community groups regularly meet to review and act on issues children face
  • 40 people were given information about World Vision and our work for children

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Ecuador funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 344 frontline workers were trained in child protection issues as part of our COVID-19 response
  • 3,812 hygiene kits including soap, jerry cans, and handwashing supplies were given to community members
  • 40,096 information materials about COVID-19 were shared in public places, in print, and online
  • 141,647 community members were given food assistance as part of our COVID-19 response
  • 53,508 kids, parents, and caregivers were given education kits or training as part of our COVID-19 response

Results of World Vision Canada’s covid-19 response in Ecuador, in partnership with other World Vision offices, from March to September 2020
  • 158 teenage boys aged 14 to 18 were assisted in completing life skills training
  • 189 teenage girls aged 14 to 18 were assisted in completing life skills training

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Ecuador funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 2,662 people we trained learned how to prevent and cope with future disasters
  • 65,523 people received food assistance

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Ecuador funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020 in partnership with the World Food Programme
  • 2,046 families having improved their hygiene habits

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Ecuador funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact on World Vision operations

In support of public health recommendations outlined by the World Health Organization, some sponsorship program activities have been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. Activities may include sponsor queries and correspondence, sponsor visits, gift notifications and gift deliveries. These temporary suspensions may affect the information you receive from us in the coming weeks and months. Learn more about our response to COVID-19.