Compassion works with church partners to provide Ecuadorian children the opportunity to rise above their circumstances and become all God has created them to be.
Compassion's work in Ecuador began in 1974. Currently, more than 65,600 children participate in more than 225 child development centers.
Population: 13,4 millions
Life expectancy: Male 73 years, Female 79 years
Under-5 mortality rate: 2,4%
People with HIV/AIDS: 21.000
Drinking water sources: 85%
Adequate sanitation facilities: 86%
Literacy rate: Male 94%, Female 91%
Population in extreme poverty ($1.25 a day): 45%
Compassion began its ministry in Ecuador in 1974, when the Child Sponsorship Program was started.
Children attend the child development centers after school mostly. Those who study in the afternoon attend the center in the morning before school.
Each child receives lunch every day he or she is at the center. A typical lunch consists of soup containing carbohydrates or vegetables and meat, and a main dish containing carbohydrates, proteins and vegetables. Some centers offer snacks to the children before they go home as well, and it is very common for children under age 5 to get additional food.
Generally, our church partners offer soccer, art, music, dance and liturgy as extracurricular activities.