Maquipurashum Li

Maquipurashum Li's Community is graduating

Maquipurshum Li’s community is making strong progress toward caring for all its children, not just those who are sponsored. Together with other Canadians, you’ve played an important part in helping Maquipurshum Li get there. Thank you!

With the help of your generous and loving support, life in Maquipurashum Li has transformed. Children and families are much stronger now. The community has met its goals, and its members are working together to tackles new ones. Your support will have a lasting impact for years to come.

The Maquipurashum Li community is located in the Sierras of Ecuador, 2300 to 3700 meters above sea level. The lifestyles and livelihoods of families in the community differ depending on their location along the mountainside.

The highest areas are covered in shrubs and straw. Families here grow mostly potatoes, beans, and grains, like barley and quinoa. A little further down the mountainside, the shrubs give way to forests, but the slopes are extremely steep. This means there is little flat land for planting. Most families still manage to grow subsistence crops of corn, beans and peas.

At the lowest level, the ground is stony, sandy and hard " the remains of old volcanic eruptions. At this level there are natural pasturelands. Families still live by subsistence farming, but they grow a wider variety of crops, like vegetables and squash, in addition to the traditional corn, beans, and grains. Temperatures average a cool 13°C.

This is one of the poorest areas, where 80% of families cannot meet their basic needs. As a result there is a high level of migration away from the area as families search for better living conditions. Many families survive on remittances they receive from relatives living abroad. Most people live in basic homes made of blocks, but some families still live in mud-walled huts.
Thanks to the generosity of Canadian sponsors like you, life in Maquipurashum Li has improved. Your support will have a lasting impact for years to come. Let’s celebrate these accomplishments!  
  • 81% of children aged 10-12 have adequate reading comprehension.
  • School dropout rates have been reduced to 12%.
  • Education has improved with introduction of technology.
  • A third of families have access to better water sources.
  • Men have become more respectful toward women through teaching on reproductive health.
  • Worked with local government to conserve natural resources through reforestation and water conservation techniques.
  • People have been trained as commercial vegetable farmers.
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018
To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Establish centres where children can get the first year of basic education.
  • Equip children and schools with improved teaching materials.
  • Provide enhanced training for teachers.
  • Establish literacy centres for parents and community members.
  • Provide support so children can attend high school and higher education, such as scholarships.
  • Establish teen groups that use recreation to motivate and develop skills
  • Training youth in vocational skills, such as new production methods, how to commercialize production, and how to establish small businesses.

Health Care
Through partnership with children, families, and sponsors, World Vision will work with the community to:
  • Train mothers with malnourished children on nutrition, hygiene, home sanitation and other preventive care practices.
  • Implement programs where mothers can learn how to cook healthy, low-cost meals using local food.
  • Establish and train a network of community health volunteers to monitor children and support parents to establish good habits at home.
  • Teach midwives and mothers about how to use medicinal plants available in their community. Teach parents how to stimulate young children.
  • Help families establish backyard gardens.
  • Provide medical check-ups to children, along with additional support as recommended.
  • Teach youth about sexual and reproductive health, with a focus on good life skills and values.

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current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

The needs in Maquipurashum Li

It is difficult for individuals in this community to see the value of education. Many people are illiterate, and on the whole their energies are spent working to survive each day. Parents cannot provide children with the support they need to get an education because they lack the resources and the knowledge to do so.

The current educational system is also not conducive to learning. Classes are challenging and do not excite or motivate children to learn. Most schools are small, one-teacher groups that meet in dilapidated structures. These combined factors mean that school attendance is low. Boys spend an average of three years in school, while girls spend only two. School attendance is also disrupted as parents migrate seasonally to find work.

There is no easily accessible high school, and parents do not have the resources to send children outside of the community. As children get older, many leave school to work with their parents, carrying on the pattern of illiteracy.

Health Care
The biggest threat to children under five is their health. The quality of care families can provide for young children is directly related to the resources they have. Here in Maquipurashum Li, 30% of children are malnourished. Parents cannot provide enough nutritious food to foster healthy growth.

Lack of clean water and poor sanitation causes young children to suffer routinely with bouts of diarrhea. This is especially debilitating in children who are already malnourished. Parents do not know basic preventive care that can safeguard children's health, like good nutrition and hygiene habits.

The stimulation young children receive also determines how their cognitive, motor, and social skills develop. These are basic developmental skills they will need in order to succeed in school and in life. In Maquipurashum Li, parents often do not understand the importance of this. They lack an understanding of how to help foster their children's development.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Maquipurashum Li,  is in Phase 3

PHASE 3: Enhance sustainability

Children and families enjoy improved living conditions. They're ready to become independent and continue the work you helped start. We invite you to help another child and community!