No matter where you live in the world, there’s always something special about coming home. In this guest post from home and organization blogger Abby Lawson, she shares what she learned about the meaning of “home” while visiting Ecuador and experiencing World Vision’s new invitation to child sponsorship, Chosen.
Why World Vision is in Ecuador
In 2019, unrest grew in Ecuador after a recession led to increased poverty. When the government cut fuel subsidies, the decision sparked protests that often became destructive. The government also reduced funding for critical social issues, including the protection of women and girls from violence. But progress was made on a bill to bolster children’s rights that is expected to pass later this year. The generosity of World Vision donors is helping shape public policy at every level of Ecuador’s government to protect children. Our staff is partnering with community leaders, teachers, caregivers, and parents to create safer environments for children and prevent violence. And children and adolescents are being taught about their rights and self-worth, so they can build brighter futures for themselves and their families.
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.
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.
- World Vision is helping children to feel safer in their communities. Both boys and girls participated in workshops where they learned about their rights and how to prevent child abuse. They also learned how to mentor their peers to pass on these skills.
- Teachers were trained in and adpted better discipline approaches at school, to ensure safer learning environments for children.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- Communities in Ecuador learned how to protect children from disease through trainings on improved hygiene practices, including how to dispose of garbage correctly and wash their hands.
- To help keep children healthy and free of disease, parents attended classes about food and nutrition, where they learned how to provide more balanced meals at home.
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.
- In Ecuador, children are getting support to stay in school and to improve their educational performance through support at home to improve their reading and writing skills, and through parent and community involvement at school events that encourage improved literacy.
Prayer Requests from Ecuador
World Vision's staff in Ecuador are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
For parents to show their children affection and encourage their development.
That children will grow in wisdom to become leaders in their communities, and that existing government will pass just laws that protect the vulnerable.
For families to safely weather the winter rains, floods, and insect-born illnesses.
News from Ecuador
World Vision’s experience responding to disease outbreaks began in the early 2000s with the HIV and AIDS crisis in Africa. We’ve learned that infectious diseases like these put children at risk, even when they don’t get ill themselves. As COVID-19 has spread, children and families are facing new challenges: scarce food and healthcare resources, barriers to education, and lost income. That’s why supporting children impacted by the secondary effects of the pandemic is one of four key objectives of our coronavirus response.
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