Ecuador

Ecuador flag

Hola / Hello from Ecuador

Language: Spanish

Ecuador has a proud history extending back to the Incan empire. It is also a country still facing poverty, which has resulted in broken families and limited education opportunities. Compassion-assisted children experience these realities daily. But at the Compassion center, there is hope.

Ecuador Stats

POPULATION: 17,100,444
74% Roman Catholic
10.4% Evangelical
7.9% Atheist
7.6% Other

99,259
CHILDREN SERVED

285
CHURCHES SERVING

45
YEARS SERVING ECUADOR

Children laugh as they throw confetti into the air

Children laugh as they throw confetti into the air.

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Children wear traditional Ecuadorian clothes as they dance on a festive occasion

Children wear traditional Ecuadorian clothes as they dance on a festive occasion.

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Boys play soccer on the beach

Boys play soccer on the beach.

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Children pray before their meal

Children pray before their meal.

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Children hang on the playground equipment at their child development center

Children hang on the playground equipment at their child development center.

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A boy who faces a rare bone disease smiles with hope

A boy who faces a rare bone disease smiles with hope.

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Children learn about the love of God with Bibles of their very own

Children learn about the love of God with Bibles of their very own.

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A boy stands in a chicken coop

A boy stands in a chicken coop.

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A young girl slides on her stomach on the playground at her child development center

A young girl slides on her stomach on the playground at her child development center.

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A girl stands and smiles outside her child development center

A girl stands and smiles outside her child development center.

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COMPASSION IN ECUADOR

When do children visit the Compassion center?

  • Children through age 11 go to the center 6 hours a week.
  • Children age 12 and older attend approximately 4 hours a week.

PROVIDING EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES IN ECUADOR

Issue: While education has been improving in recent years – 94% of adults are literate – this isn’t always the case in rural areas. There, impoverished children may lack access to decent education. Only 1% of youth in these areas will attend a university.

Response: At Compassion centers, young children receive supplemental tutoring to help them excel in school. Older children participate in vocational skills workshops to help them succeed in self-supporting careers as adults.

Prayer Point: Pray that students will be motivated to study and will find hope and purpose through a relationship with God.

A girl and boy sit together on steps and read books

Children receive tutoring and vocational skills training at their Compassion child development centers.

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Visit the Compassion blog to learn more about our work in Ecuador.

Did You Know?

Ecuador is home to the world-famous Galapagos Islands. The islands are known for their unique biodiversity and array of animals, including the world’s only warm-water penguins!

Sponsor a Child in Ecuador

Life in Ecuador

Ecuador Fast Facts

Official Name: Republic of Ecuador

Form of Government: Presidential republic

Capital: Quito

Population: 17,100,444

Official Languages: Spanish, Quechua

Currency: U.S. Dollar

Area: 109,483 square miles (283,560 square kilometers)

Compassion has been working in Ecuador since 1974. These Ecuador facts and statistics provide a good picture of the reality of poverty and how child sponsorship through Compassion is making a difference.

Poverty is a problem in the country of Ecuador but with your support, Compassion is working to change this. The Ecuador facts tell a difficult story, but Compassion is bringing hope in the midst of the difficulties. Our programs are changing the statistics one child at a time.

Don't let the hopelessness of poverty overwhelm you. You can make a difference to a child in Ecuador today!