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.
Child Protection
  • 1 community group is engaging with local authorities to advance their rights and create positive changes for children
  • 1,030 community members learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 20 spiritual leaders partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families
  • 23 children survivors of abuse received support to help them cope with trauma and recover
  • 36 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 100 youth who dropped out of school were reintegrated to the education system with the help of local volunteers
  • 230 children are getting extra help to improve their reading and writing through camps and classes
  • 250 children are developing vital language and motor skills, setting a solid foundation for their education
  • 330 children are participating in cultural and recreational clubs, learning new things and having fun
  • 90 young people are participating in sports clubs, keeping them healthy and interested in school
  • 1 mother group is guiding new and expectant moms on how to eat well, access health services and care for their babies
  • 37 malnourished have reached a healthier weight after participating in a nutrition program
  • 572 young people learned about sexual and reproductive health, including how to prevent and manage HIV and STIs
  • 62 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 650 parents learned about common childhood illnesses and how to protect their children's health
  • 150 gardens are in place for community members to grow fresh produce, improving children's access to healthy food
  • 30 pigs were given to families in need, providing them new means to feed their children and earn income
  • 900 people were trained on practices to preserve and manage the environment and its resources
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene 
  • 1,030 people learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
  • 6 new water sources are providing access to safe water, protecting children against waterborne diseases
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2018 to September 2019

Explore Chillanes

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 Chillanes

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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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.