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Ministry Highlight: Ecuador

facts-about-ecuador We began our ministry in Ecuador in 1974, with the Child Sponsorship Program. In 2002, we started the Leadership Development Program and in 2006, the Child Survival Program.

Country Director

Fernando Puga joined our ministry in Ecuador as Country Director in 2001. Before this, Fernando was a civil engineer and had his own consulting firm.

And during the 1990s, prior to having his own firm, Fernando was Executive Director at the World Bank, working to reform elementary education curriculum and promote the concept of school networks in poor areas of Ecuador.

In 1999, he was named Vice Minister of the Interior of Ecuador.

Fernando holds a Master of Structural Engineering degree from Escuela Politécnica del Ecuador University in Quito.

Implementing Church Partners

Implementing Church Partners are local churches in Ecuador with whom we work to deliver child development programs and ministry in the field.

Child Survival Program

Child Sponsorship Program

Your sponsorship of a child in Ecuador provides a variety of benefits.

The children attend the child development centers after school.

Leadership Development Program

Complementary Interventions

Our core Child Sponsorship Program, while comprehensive, does not address all obstacles to a child’s healthy development. The Complementary Interventions program was created to work with our holistic child development model to provide additional services, such as our AIDS Initiative, Bibles for all children, disaster relief and clean water [3].

Generally, Complementary Interventions are addressed in three ways: urgent interventions in cases of emergency or disaster, planned interventions based on needs assessed by our staff in Ecuador, and planned interventions based on needs assessed by the Implementing Church Partners.

The most frequent interventions have been related to water purification, disaster relief, entrepreneurial ventures and infrastructure improvement.


Our staff and church partners in Ecuador are dedicated to serving families in their community. This video — created by our Ecuador country staff — illustrates a spirit of service embodied by the young men and women they serve.