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

Child Poverty

Adaptation to the Impact of Rapid Glacier Retreat in the Tropical Andes Project

Climate Change (Adaptation) in Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru

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September 2012 Issue of CARE's Poverty Environment & Climate Change Network Newsletter

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Realizing Rights, Protecting Forests: An Alternative Vision for Reducing Deforestation

Respecting the rights and realities of indigenous peoples and forest-dependent communities is the way to ensure that the forests remain standing.

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Promoting Youth Empowerment: Lessons From Neo Juventud in Ecuador

CARE Ecuador explored the impact of Neo Juventud, a development program tailored for young men and women in a rural area of Ecuador.

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Youth Space: Empowerment and Improved Health Among Young Mothers

As part of the LIFT-UP Initiative, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, CARE Ecuador conducted a study on Youth Space

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Girls’ Leadership Development in Action: CARE’s Experience from the Field

We believe that the greatest obstacle to girls’ education is the low social status in which girls are held.

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Women’s Lives, Women’s Voices

Empowering women to ensure family planning coverage, quality and equity

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CARE responds to dozens of disasters each year, reaching approximately 12 million people through our emergency programs.

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Youth Empowerment