Why World Vision is in Ecuador

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, sponsors may experience delays in communication from their sponsored child. We are actively working to keep you updated as the situation changes. Similar to other countries, Ecuador was hit hard by the global pandemic, with people losing livelihoods, education opportunities, and stability on top of the many fatalities. As a result of pandemic-related closures, the extreme poverty rate increased and as many as 115,000 more people were unemployed in 2020 than in previous years. Kids who had to stay home from school often didn’t have resources like internet access to continue learning, and national statistics estimate that up to 300,000 children and youth will join the workforce instead of returning to school. During the year, as the economy contracted, the government ended up cutting budgets for public health and education programs, which will increase the difficulty of vulnerable kids getting what they need to recover from the pandemic’s effects. Thanks to strong partnerships, kids and families in Ecuador were equipped with resources to help them weather the pandemic. We collaborated with indigenous communities to reach rural families with hygiene kits and health information in their native language. Kids received educational materials to boost their learning at home, and families in need got food supplies.

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.

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Progress in Ecuador

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families.

Child Protection and Care

Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for by their families, and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.

  • To help children know their worth and protect themselves from abuse, boys and girls participated in children's groups, where they learned life skills and online personal development activities.

Healthy Children and Families

Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.

  • To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, community members received hygiene kits that included soap, jerry cans and other supplies. They also learned about how social distancing through print, online, and in public spaces to help protect them from COVID-19.
  • As part of a parenting course, parents learned how to nurture and discipline their children in positive ways, helping more girls and boys to grow up in safe, loving and caring homes.

Education for Better Lives

Children have opportunities to learn and to develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future, and families and communities support children's education.

  • To help teach children fun ways to learn to read at home, parents received training through World Vision's literacy program.
  • To support and inspire children to read outside of school, children participated in reading camps where they were also given books and other educational materials.

Prayer Requests from Ecuador

World Vision's staff in Ecuador are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:

  • That leaders would prioritize nutrition programs and funding for the youngest children, to increase their chances at growing up healthy.


  • That children who have been out of school during the pandemic would be able to return safely and quickly so they can keep learning and developing.


News from Ecuador

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