The Andean nation of Ecuador has many faces: lush green rainforests, volcanic islands and high mountain peaks shape Ecuador's varied landscape. Although the country has been experiencing progress in terms of human development, many Ecuadorians are still affected by high levels of poverty. At present there are six SOS Children's Villages, five SOS Youth Facilities, one SOS Vocational Training Centre, and 11 SOS Social Centres.
For just $36/month you can sponsor a child and help provide an orphaned or abandoned child with:
- A safe and nurturing home
- A loving SOS mother
- Quality education
- Nutritious food
- Clothing and toys
- All the things necessary for a bright future
(You will receive a Canadian charitable tax receipt)
SOS Children's Villages in Ecuador
In 1963, we started working in the country's capital Quito. The eight-hectare site was donated by the municipality of Quito. In 1978, we started working in Esmeraldas. During a border controversy between Peru and Ecuador in 1995, SOS Children's Villages intensified its efforts on both sides of the border by starting a four-month-long SOS Emergency Relief Program.
Another SOS Emergency Relief Program was initiated in 1998 when "El Niño" caused dramatic flooding in the Manabí region. Many people were left destitute. SOS Children's Villages in Ecuador provided food, medicine, school equipment and seeds.
At present, the organisation is supporting Ecuadorian young people and children through six different programs by providing day care, education, vocational training and medical services. Children whose parents cannot take care of them will find a loving home in one of the SOS families.
Some facts about Ecuador
The Republic of Ecuador is bordered by Colombia in the north, Peru in the east and south and the Pacific Ocean in the west. The Galapagos Islands, located 965 km west of the mainland, also belong to Ecuador.
Ecuador, named for its location on the equator, is the smallest Andean state. It has a total population of roughly 14 million with around 1.6 million living in Quito, the country's capital and second largest city after Guayaquil.
The country is home to an enormous variety of species, many of them endemic, like those found on the Galapagos Islands. Despite of its size, Ecuador possesses one of the richest biodiversities in the world.
The country is characterized by a rich cultural and historical background. Present-day Ecuador used to play an important role during the Inca Empire from 1463 onwards. After Cuzco, Quito once represented the second most important Inca settlement. Today, the country is home to a patchwork of indigenous communities that also include Afro-Caribbean Ecuadorians, who are the descendants of African slaves.
The SOS Children's Village in Ecuador provides loving homes to orphaned and abandoned children
|6 VILLAGES||476 Orphaned and Abandoned Children|
The SOS Youth Facilities in Ecuador provides youth with a loving environment where they learn to transition into independent living and to expand their education
|5 YOUTH FACILITIES||195 Youths in our Care|
SOS Social Centres in Ecuador aim is to help families, in particular women and children, living in communities neighbouring the SOS Children's Villages to gradually escape from poverty, and to help young people become self-reliant.
|6 SOCIAL CENTRES||5754 Beneficiaries|