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Mary’s Meals is serving more than 350 children every school day in Ecuador.

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Life in Ecuador

Ecuador is currently ranked 95 out of 191 countries and territories in the Human Development Index (HDI). It is located northwest on the South American continent. Ecuador is bordered by Colombia and Peru. The area is vulnerable to natural disasters, and this is an ongoing threat to sustainable food production.

While many areas are quite prosperous there is stark inequality, particularly in major cities, where families living in slums struggle to access food and education. Around 40% of the rural population lives below the International Poverty Line ($2.15 per day).

It is estimated around 26,147 children in Ecuador are out of school. Although basic education is free in Ecuador, the cost of providing books and other materials remains a barrier for people in impoverished communities.

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Mary's Meals in Ecuador

Mary’s Meals has been serving school meals in Ecuador since 2010.

We feed children from the slums of Ecuador’s capital, Quito, in partnership with the Cristo Misionero Orante Foundation.

We currently serve more than 350 children in one school in Oyacoto. The children who receive Mary’s Meals, some of whom live there permanently, come from low-income families living in the urban slums of Oyacoto or indigenous families in the nearby rainforest where access to education is very limited. Many children come to the centre undernourished or with limited education, and so the meals our partner provides help to support them in their learning.

When did we start working in Ecuador?

Mary’s Meals has been providing meals in Ecuador since 2010.

How many children do we feed in Ecuador?

We are currently serving more than 350 children in one school in Ecuador.

What meal do we provide?

Our meals in Ecuador typically consist of rice served with lentils or beans, and sometimes vegetables from the school garden.

Where are we based/where do we operate?

Based in one school in Oyacoto, northeast of Quito, our programme is delivered through our local partner Fundación Cristo Misionero Orante.

What is the capital of Ecuador?

The capital city of Ecuador is Quito.

What language(s) are spoken in Ecuador?

The principal language of Ecuador is Spanish.

What currency is used in Ecuador?

The U.S. dollar (USD).

What is the population of Ecuador?

The population of Ecuador is 18,097,000.