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From the Andes to the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador is a patchwork quilt of a country. Despite the country's oil wealth, most of Ecuador’s people live in poverty.

Our programme gives children a real chance to affect decisions that can give them a better education, protect them from harm and protect their rights.

We provide practical services and work with the government to bring about lasting change for children.

  • We work in the poorest cantons of Guayas, El Oro and Esmeraldas provinces, where up to 65% of the population lives in poverty.
  • A vibrant children’s movement is having a real voice in shaping decisions; we support 65 children’s groups.
  • Our priority in Ecuador is making sure that the poorest 10% of children get a better education and are protected from abuse.

What's holding children back?

Poverty, a history of discrimination against indigenous and afro-Ecuadorian people, illiteracy and growing violence, especially in the coastal provinces where we work, hold children like Cilennia back.

Ecuador is now also a major transit point for the drugs trade and people trafficking, and these are growing threats for young people. Ecuador’s oil wealth is not a guarantee of benefits for the poor.

Despite that, there's a vibrant children’s movement here that brings the idea of children’s rights alive. Through supporting children’s organisations, and working with municipal, provincial and national government, we're changing children’s role in society.

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