Ongoing turmoil and economic decline in Venezuela since 2014 have driven more than 7.7 million people from the country in search of food, work, and better living conditions. While the influx from Venezuela has caused tensions in host countries, it’s also brought out their hospitable spirit. Learn how World Vision is supporting children and families across the region impacted by the Venezuela crisis.
Why World Vision is in Ecuador
The last year in Ecuador brought insecurity due to increased criminal activity, damage from flooding and earthquakes, and complications from a Venezuelan migratory crisis.
The youth population is especially at risk amid the growth of organized crime in the country. Vulnerable adolescents are frequently recruited to participate in activities that put them in danger. As the country manages the effects of natural disasters, it’s been difficult to effectively respond to multiplying needs, especially with the migration of a large Venezuelan population to the country.
In response, World Vision has taken steps to provide additional protection for children and families in our area programs. We helped develop a disaster preparedness strategy for 62 communities, equipping them to respond effectively to future natural disasters and other emergencies. More than 2,000 youth from across our 14 area programs participated in trainings on leadership, social action, and advocacy, and six national policies were enacted across the nation, strengthening the protection and rights for 6,000,000 children. We also celebrate over 2,500 community members participating in a Citizen Voice and Action initiative to better support and protect the well-being of children
We never give up on people
World Vision child sponsorship looks at all the things that prevent children from surviving and thriving in their community, and then works with that community to bring all the pieces of the puzzle together to build a better life for all children. For sponsors, it’s a personal way to show God’s love to a child in need in a life-changing way.
Prayer Requests from Ecuador
World Vision's staff in Ecuador are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
For safe opportunities to increase for vulnerable youth.
For strong partnerships between churches and communities to provide spiritual nurture and protection.
News from Ecuador
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