What We've Achieved
In 2012 we started by sponsoring 22 children and providing them with supplies and uniforms. By 2016, we had increased our sponsorship to 40 children. Our goal in 2019 is to increase our sponsorship to 50 children.
To date, we have re-enrolled 16 children in school, after they had dropped out. Some had been out of school for more than a year, and many believed they needed to abandon their education altogether.
In 2018, one of the program’s participants, a child who had dropped out of primary school and then re-enrolled with our help, graduated high school. She became the first person in her family to read and write, and the first to complete her education.
Beyond schooling, we have provided children with invaluable lifetime experiences by organizing trips to educational places. Thanks to our donors, the children who participate in RIEcuador visited, for the first time in their lives, the provincial capital city of Cuenca, the zoo, the cathedral, and even the water park.
Our donors’ generosity and our work has inspired young volunteers to work with us and help raise funds for our cause. Some of these volunteers have traveled to Ecuador to meet the children and many help us each year with events in Ecuador.
Here is a photo slideshow of the work we have done these past five years: