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.
Child Protection
  • 1 child parliament is empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 2,100 people participated in campaigns to educate the public about child rights and safety
  • 267 children survivors of abuse received support to help them cope with trauma and recover
  • 30 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 600 community members learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 15 children received the resources they need to learn including school fees, supplies, books and uniforms
  • 200 parents learned about the importance of education and how to support their child’s learning
  • 30 children were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
  • 70 teachers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 400 parents learned about common childhood illnesses and how to protect their children's health
  • 400 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • 400 people learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2018 to September 2019

Explore Pillaro

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 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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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.