The needs in Pillaro

Health Care
Nearly 66% of young children suffer from chronic undernourishment because of lack of awareness about proper nutrition and child-care. Common respiratory infections caused by low temperatures, high humidity, and frequent rains are a major concern. Lack of access to health care, and no education campaigns or health interventions being brought directly into Pillaro make it difficult for people to care for their own health.

Almost all of Pillaro's children attend school, but teaching resources are limited. Many children start school late and drop out early. Repetition rates are high. In some areas, nearly 23% of men and 30% of women are illiterate, compared to the national average of 9%. In Pillaro, the rate of elementary school completion is less than 36%, compared to 67% nationwide.

Economic Development
Most of Pillaro's families earn a living through crop and dairy farming, as well as small livestock rearing. The volcanic soil is fertile, but soil depth varies, leaving some areas unsuitable for growing. Rampant deforestation, soil erosion, and a challenging climate limit crop yields. Local farmers rely on traditional farming methods that limit crop production. A lack of irrigation, seeds, tools, and fertilizers is a major challenge, and some crops are vulnerable to pests and disease, which further damages harvests.

Water and Sanitation
Fewer than one in five people have access to safe, potable water. This leads to widespread illnesses including parasite infections and diarrhea. Poor sanitation is a life-threatening challenge to already malnourished children.
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Pillaro'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 Pillaro (pronounced Pea-ya-ro) community is located in the rural highlands of the Tungurahua province; one of the poorest parts of central Ecuador. This area is home to one of the world's most active volcanoes, also named Tungurahua, which means “throat of fire. Thousands of families were displaced when it erupted in 2006, destroying roads, houses, and crops, as well as damaging people's respiratory health.

Pillaro's mountainous terrain, combined with heavy rains, snow, fog, and dampness in the winter months, make farming and general living conditions very difficult. The absence of economic opportunities means many people, especially men, leave Pillaro to find work on larger farms or as unskilled labourers.
  • 800 individuals learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 160 young people are leading or attending child parliaments to advocate for their rights and influence local decisions
  • 15 community groups are engaging with local authorities to advance their rights and create positive changes for children
  • 30 spiritual leaders partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families
  • 2,000 clubs are in place for children and youth to improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities
  • 100 parents and caregivers learned about the importance of education and how to support their child’s learning
  • 72 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 414 parents and caregivers learned how to provide proper nutrition to their children and protect them from diseases
  • 80 people including children learned to protect themselves against HIV and other sexually transmitted infections
  • 20 health workers and volunteers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 20 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 70 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families

Explore Pillaro

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

Pillaro,  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.