Chillanes

The needs in Chillanes

Education
Fewer than half the children in Chillanes complete primary education and only 6% graduate from high school. Many schools are one-room buildings without water or sanitation facilities, and are packed with 40 to 50 students of all grades. Schools lack educational materials and teaching staff, and teachers often lack sufficient training. Children often work or stay home to care for younger siblings, while their parents work in order to provide food.

Health Care
Many children in Chillanes are malnourished, making them susceptible to illness and unable to concentrate in school. The majority of families in Chillanes lack education about proper nutrition. Three-quarters of children in Chillanes do not have access to clean, piped water or a safe sewage system, and often suffer from chronic diarrhea and dehydration as a result. With limited access to medical facilities in the community, preventable diseases such as diarrhea can become life-threatening, especially for children under the age of five.

Economic Development
80% of people in Chillanes live on less than $2 a day, and of that portion, many survive on less than $1. Most families grow corn and beans, or raise cattle on small plots of land using traditional and inefficient farming techniques, lacking expertise to increase yields. Irrigation systems have yet to be established, so for now farmers depend on the rains to water crops and herds. During the winter, highland farmers often leave the community in search of work in urban areas.
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Chillanes's Community News

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we focused on in the past year: 


The community of Chillanes is located in central Ecuador. It is comprised of about 100 small settlements in a river valley in the western foothills of the Andes Mountains. Families living low in the valley near the Chimbo River enjoy a sub-tropical climate, while those on the mountain slopes live in cooler, misty mountain air.

About 1,000 families live in Chillanes, and 86% of people live in poverty. Most people in this part of Ecuador struggle to survive as farmers, and grow peas, corn, or beans on small plots of land. About one-quarter of the population are indigenous, while the majority are of Mestizo or mixed ancestry.
  • 1,260 people learned about child rights and protection issues, helping ensure children's safety and participation.
  • 1,140 children and youth learned about their rights, how to voice their opinions, and ways to protect themselves from harm.
  • 4 young people are leading or attending child parliaments to advocate for their rights and influence local decisions.
  • 20 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being.
  • 230 children received the resources they need to learn including school fees, supplies, books and uniforms.
  • 90 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children.
  • 244 parents and caregivers learned about the importance of education and how to support their child's learning
  • 360 children and youth are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps.
  • 116 parents and caregivers learned about common childhood illnesses and how to protect their children's health.
  • 96 parents and caregivers learned about proper feeding practices and how to keep their children well nourished.
  • 93 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy.
  • 17 health workers and volunteers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children.
  • 400 people including children learned to protect themselves against HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.
  • 1,250 children and adults learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy.
  • 35 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families.
  • 350 children and adults received nutritious fruits and vegetables grown in community, school or family gardens.
  • 70 gardens are in place to help families, community groups or schools provide nutritious food for children.
  • 100 individuals including children are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies.

Explore Chillanes

current conditions

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

Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Chillanes,  is in Phase 2

PHASE 2: Evaluate and grow

We monitor progress and make adjustments to meet goals. More community members become involved, lead projects and gain ownership of their success.