Severe work and travel restrictions in Quito, Ecuador due to COVID-19 have been devastating to the most vulnerable families living there.
In addition to losing their incomes, access to social supports they rely on has also been limited. In accordance with its mission to support the most vulnerable children in Ecuador, ECHO is working with a local organization, CENIT, to ensure that basic needs of these children continue to be met by providing families with 15-day supplies of food and basic necessities for as long as we can sustain during this crisis.
CENIT (Centro Integral de Ninez y Adoloscencia) is a non-profit organization that is located in the southern part of Quito, Ecuador. When the Organization was founded by the 'Sisters of the Good Sheperd' over 25 years ago, they worked to promote education with young girls in their community.
Today, CENIT has grown to provide dynamic support to families in the most at-risk and under-served communities. With their main goal still being the prevention of child labor, CENIT offers a variety of programs to help families within their community.
As COVID-19 continues to disrupt normal operations, CENIT's school, training programs, and health services have been shut down temporarily. This halt in services has a large impact on the families that would typically receive daily support through these programs. For many of these children, the meals provided by CENIT are their only source of nutrition.
The majority of families CENIT serves rely on income from selling produce and goods in public markets. Markets are shut down due to COVID-19 and these families do not have any savings to purchase food and basic necessities for their families during this public health crisis.
Without CENIT's support and the inability to work, these families are left in extremely vulnerable situations. In accordance with the local health and safety guidelines, CENIT has shifted to providing packages of food and basic necessities, focusing on children and families living in the most vulnerable situations.
Our goal, with your support, is to raise enough money to continue purchasing the food and goods these families need to make it through this challenging time. Any remaining funds will be reinvested in the vocational training programs to help increase employability skills and help parents adjust to the shift in the workforce.
Thank you for your consideration, and best wishes to you and your loved ones.
History of CENIT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpPCU1bYPuU
CENIT today: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhc5O-FF-1k&t=66s
The Ecuador Children’s Hope Organization (ECHO) is a U.S.-based charity that raises money in support of programs aiding working children on the streets of Quito, Ecuador.