Santa Ana

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact on World Vision operations

In support of public health recommendations outlined by the World Health Organization, some sponsorship program activities have been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. Activities may include sponsor queries and correspondence, sponsor visits, gift notifications and gift deliveries. These temporary suspensions may affect the information you receive from us in the coming weeks and months. Learn more about our response to COVID-19.

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: 

Earthquake in Ecuador

More than 100,000 people in Ecuador were impacted by the 7.8 magnitude quake on April 16, 2016. Community members in Santa Ana have been affected but fortunately children supported by Canadians are safe. World Vision has launched an immediate response in collaboration with the government to meet the urgent needs of children and families.
The Santa Ana community is located in Ecuador's Manabi province. It is a place of steep hills and low river valleys. Families living on the hills are vulnerable to landslides, and those in the river valleys experience flooding. Most families here live in poverty, working either as subsistence farmers or labourers for large land and livestock owners.

Income is low, and does not provide for people's basic needs. Each year during the rainy season, families earn even less because there is little work during the growing season. This seasonal unemployment is only made worse when flooding or landslides destroy their crops and property. Most homes do not have a safe supply of water or sanitation facilities. Flooding in the rainy season also contaminates the water supply.
Child Protection
  • 4  child protection meetings and advocacy initiatives were led by community members, helping to inform the government on ways to keep children safe.
  • 1 child protection policy recommending child and youth plan was presented to local governments.
  • 1835 children and youth can now identify risk factors of abuse, exploitation or neglect
  • 60  parents attended training to learn how to discipline their children without physical violence, so more girls and boys are safer from abuse.
Health and Nutrition
  • 842 mothers and caregivers of children under 5 are knowledgeable in balanced food diets
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • 536 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 Santa Ana

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 Santa Ana

Health Care
From birth, children's health is often compromised. Mothers are uninformed about pre- or post-natal care, healthy diet, and access to supplements. Most deliveries are still performed by untrained midwives. As a result, children suffer from low birth weight, and there are higher numbers of child deaths. As they grow, children continue to be fed a diet lacking nutrients from fruit, vegetables, and proteins. One third of children are malnourished, and stunting is common, which proves that children are not developing within the normal parameters for their age.

Drinking water is often contaminated, and families know little about hygiene or household sanitation, so children experience recurrent bouts of respiratory infections and diarrheal diseases. Many families cannot access healthcare, as there is a shortage of clinics and travel is difficult, made worse by the rainy season. Mothers often do not know when to seek professional care, or about the importance of basic preventative medicine, like vaccinations. Parents also are not taught the importance of early stimulation to help children develop the physical, cognitive, and social abilities necessary for entry into formal school.

Many people in the community are illiterate, while others have very little education. This makes it difficult for parents to support their children's education. Without this support, children lack the motivation they need to stay in school, causing them to perform poorly and benefit less from their education.

Schools in the community often do not have sufficient space to educate all children. It is difficult for children in the more remote areas of the community to get to a school. Many teachers do not have training in methods that can engage and motivate children. Older children struggle as well, with too few high schools and not enough opportunities to receive college and vocational training.

Community Leadership
Adolescents need a vision for themselves if they are to live lives that are different from what they have seen. The community as a whole is not organized. People do not know the importance of coming together and working together to address the needs in the community. Without a vision for the future, training, and an organized response, young people and families have very little to look forward to beyond the poverty they have known. Young people in the community also lack an understanding of how to make responsible choices, including how to protect their sexual and reproductive health.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Santa Ana,  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.