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Ecuador

Mary’s Meals feeds 360 children every school day in Ecuador!

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Life in Ecuador

Ecuador is currently ranked 86 out of 189 countries in the Human Development Index (HDI).  It is located northwest on the South American continent.  It takes its name from the equator – the invisible line wrapped around the Earth which cuts the country in two. 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 ($1.90 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 living in the slums of Ecuador’s capital, Quito, in partnership with the Cristo Misionero Orante Foundation.

We currently serve 360 children in one school.

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 360 children in one school in Ecuador

What meal do we provide?

Meat or fish with potatoes or rice, and sometimes vegetables from the school garden

Where are we based/where do we operate?

Based in the slums of Quito, the capital of Ecuador, our programme is delivered through our local partner, the Cristo Misionero Orante Foundation

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?

U.S. dollar (USD)

What is the population of Ecuador?

The population of Ecuador is 18,149,286