Country Info

CARE International has worked in Ecuador since 1962. Our strategic goal is to contribute to the reduction of poverty by 50 percent by 2015. To address the underlying causes of poverty, we have defined a program strategy that consists of three key elements that apply to all programs:

  • Increase the capacity of key local and national actors.
  • Support integral development approaches developed by excluded groups.
  • Influence policies and promote civic and private attitudes and practices at the local, regional and national level that promote equity and inclusion and improved power relations.

To operationalize this strategy, CARE Ecuador will pursue a multi-disciplinary approach to the design and implementation of programs in democracy and governance, education, health, water and sanitation, natural resource management and economic development or any combination of the above.

Our Work in Ecuador

Child Poverty

Half of all children live in poverty, spending their formative years struggling to survive.  

Youth Empowerment

Addressing the needs of the 1.8 billion young people in the world is critical to ending poverty.

Girls' Education

The majority of the 57 million children out of school are girls — their future is at risk.

Family Planning

Family planning is a proven strategy in reducing maternal mortality.


Poverty is both a cause and consequence of HIV and AIDS.

Poverty & Social Justice

Everyone in the world has the right to a life free from poverty, violence and discrimination.

Maternal Health

Hundreds of thousands of women die in pregnancy and childbirth, mostly from preventable causes.


By failing to close the gender gap in agriculture, the world is paying dearly.

Climate Change

Climate change threatens the very survival of people living in poverty all over the world.

Violence Against Women

Gender-based violence is one of the most pervasive and yet least-recognized human rights abuses.

Why Women & Girls?

Why does CARE fight global poverty by focusing on women and girls? Because we have to.

Latest News from Ecuador

CARE Knows How to Make Fog Drinkable

CARE Ecuador's Work to Address Violence Against Women

Violence against women is a common global problem, and is a flagrant violation of human rights.

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CARE Knows How to Make Fog Drinkable

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High in the Ecuadorian cloud forest, CARE implemented a program to help families harvest water from the air for drinking and washing.

On a foggy day, this mist collection system — made of a stainless steel screen, PVC piping, a water collection bucket and sensors — can collect up to 200 liters of water. The water is filtered for use in the home.

Before the system was installed, Maria and her daughter walked down to the river and back up the mountain carrying heavy buckets of water for her family of 11's cooking, drinking, washing and bathing.

These Are Our Sisters

Gender-based violence is one of the most widespread – but least recognized – human rights abuses in the world. Globally, one out of three women will be beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime. This violence is happening to our sisters, mothers, grandmothers, aunts and daughters around the world.

This violence leaves survivors with long-term psychological and physical trauma; tears away at the social fabric of communities; and is used with terrifying effect in conflict settings, with women as the main target.