Chillanes's Community News

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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
  • 1567 children and youth are actively participating in formal extracurricular activities in arts, culture and or sports
  • 10  parents attended training to learn how to discipline their children without physical violence, so more girls and boys are safer from abuse.
  • 455 children and youth can see early warning signs and know what to do in case of an emergency or disaster
  • 17  teachers learned new ways to teach literacy skills, improving how they educate girls and boys on reading and writing.
Health and Nutrition
  • 108 mothers and caregivers of children under 5 are knowledgeable in balanced food diets
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • 1089 families are practicing improved hygiene habits like hand washing with water and soap, cleaning and garbage collection
*Results achieved 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.