Pillaro'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 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
  • 2  child protection meetings and advocacy initiatives were led by community members, helping to inform the government on ways to keep children safe.
  • 2838 children and youth are actively participating in formal extracurricular activities in arts, culture and or sports
  • 2189 children and youth can now identify risk factors of abuse, exploitation or neglect
  • 150  parents attended training to learn how to discipline their children without physical violence, so more girls and boys are safer from abuse.
  • 1257 children and youth can see early warning signs and know what to do in case of an emergency or disaster
  • 26  teachers learned new ways to teach literacy skills, improving how they educate girls and boys on reading and writing.
Health and Nutrition
  • 201 mothers and caregivers of children under 5 are knowledgeable in balanced food diets
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • 974 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 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.