Working With Children in Ecuador

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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:

Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared-for by their families and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.

  • 11,390 people learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 14 community groups are engaging with local authorities to advance children's rights and create positive changes for children
  • 5 plans of action were developed to enhance community development and child well being
  • 5,547 people leaned how to manage disasters and respond to emergencies in order to protect themselves in times of crisis
*Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease and have access to essential health services.

  • 2,614 parents and caregivers learned about proper nutrition, common childhood illnesses and how to protect their children's health
*Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

Children learn and develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future and families support children's education.

  • 1,164 children are participating in clubs that make community decisions and advocate for their protection and wellbeing
  • 12,673 children are participating in clubs to improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities
  • 320 parents and caregivers learned about the importance of raising their children with love and tenderness
  • 572 teachers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
*Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

Children and families have access to safe water and sanitation facilities, and training in hygiene practices to stay healthy.

  • 2,599 people learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

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