Mary’s Meals helps encourage children from the slums of the country's capital, Quito, to attend school.

We have been providing Mary’s Meals in Ecuador since 2010. Our programme is targeted towards vulnerable children from the slums of the country’s capital, Quito. We work with our local partner, the Fundación Cristo Misionero Orante to deliver our programme in Ecuador. Our aim is to enable vulnerable children to go to school and gain a basic education.

Life in Ecuador

Ecuador is on the west coast of South America, bordering Colombia and Peru and is vulnerable to natural disasters- a permanent threat to sustainable food production. While many areas are quite prosperous there is stark inequality, particularly in some of the major cities, where families living in slums struggle to feed and educate themselves. Although basic education is free in Ecuador, in practice, the cost of providing books and other materials remains a barrier for people in impoverished communities.

Mary's Meals in Ecuador

We are currently feeding over 380 children in one school.

Children in our programme are aged between 1 and 16.

The typical school meal is chicken or fish with potatoes or rice, and sometimes vegetables from the school garden.

Did you know?

23% of children 
under five have 
stunted growth.

40% of the rural population lives below the International Poverty
Line of $1.90
per day.

62% of infants 
under 1 year suffer 
from anaemia.