Ecuador: Baba

Baba's Community News

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we focused on in the past year: 2018

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.

  • Children feel safer in their communities. A group of 772 young people participated in workshops where they learned about their rights and responsibilities and were equipped to mentor others.
  • 150 families are protecting their children by considering children's rights in their homes.

Healthy Children and Families

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

  • Boys and girls are more protected against diseases. A total of 335 families learned about disease prevention for their children during discussions on hygiene practices.
  • 385 children received an oral hygiene kit to help protect them against oral diseases.

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.

  • Students feel more protected in their educational environments. Families and teachers adopted better treatment methodologies to ensure safer learning environments for 119 children.

Love of God and Neighbors

Children and families are growing spiritually, local churches are strengthened to demonstrate Christ's love in practical ways, and people are living at peace with their neighbors.

  • Through the Channels of Hope approach, 35 faith leaders learned how to promote children's wellbeing, rights, and welfare with God's love. They learned about topics like childhood protection and rights, the Biblical basis for advocating for children's wellbeing, and conflict resolution based on Christian values and teachings.
  • Girls and boys feel more motivated by their communities. Altogether, 620 children enjoy life in safer environments after 400 parents learned how to raise children with tenderness.
  • 75 children developed their reading skills and grew spiritually after participating in reading spaces with Bibles.

Because World Vision believes in a holistic community development approach, the statements and numbers above, recorded at a point in time, reflect not only our aspirational goals for these communities but are based on all children within the community that benefitted from the specific activity that's identified. Together, in partnership with you, we will work to make these goals a reality.


current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

The needs in Baba, Ecuador

In 2018, many of Ecuador’s major media headlines were centered on sexual abuse of children. The year saw a 55 percent increase in reports of sexual violence against children —though high, the number is also a sign that more people have resources to bring abuse issues to light and address the harm. Though the rate of people living in poverty has decreased among the total population, children and adolescents are still the most vulnerable to poverty’s effects. Ethnic inequalities show up strongly in these rates, meaning indigenous children are more likely than others to be living in poverty. Thanks to the generosity of our donors and partners, more than 57,000 children and adolescents in 400 communities throughout Ecuador are being impacted. Programs focused on helping kids build reading habits, identifying and achieving their goals in life, and knowing their rights to protection from violence or abuse. Some teenagers were able to take university admissions tests, thanks to strengthened education. Communities were empowered and equipped with resources to respond well in case of emergencies. We’re also working with Venezuelan migrants, providing them with food, personal hygiene kits, and awareness of their rights to help ease their suffering. This year, we partnered with the national police to train officers in child protection and gender violence awareness. Those staff that were trained by our programs will take the information to thousands more of their colleagues, to benefit even more vulnerable children and families they serve.

Life cycle of a sponsorship community

World Vision has been in this community for 2 years.
Baba, Ecuador is in Phase 1

PHASE 1: Years 1-3

  • Listen to desires and concerns of community leaders
  • Partnership with community begins
  • Outline needs and resources
  • Child sponsorship begins

PHASE 2: Years 4-9

  • Community members equipped and empowered to bring change to their own lives
  • Children benefit from life-changing projects
  • Community embraces project ownership

PHASE 3: Years 10-close

  • Years of hard work continues to transform lives
  • Community self-sufficiency grows
  • A sustainable plan for the future is determined
  • World Vision leaves

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