Save the Children is one of the most recognized organizations in Ecuador advocating for children’s rights and protection systems since 2004. The expertise of Save the Children in Ecuador lies in the implementation of projects that promote participation, protection, access to education and the eradication of child labour. Other focus areas are protection of natural resources and productive inclusion of young people to seek better living conditions. Especially for youth living in conditions of human mobility, trafficking, smuggling or suffer from the worst forms of child labour.
Save the Children Ecuador implement national, regional and international projects through collaboration between donor and recipient countries, such as projects with the Community of Valencia in Spain and Ecuador. Furthermore we implement Conventions 060 and 061, funded by the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation and Development (AECID) and the European Union, seeking to strengthen systems of public and private protection for children and adolescents in Ecuador. These agreements are sought to transfer to the state the Protocols of Comprehensive Childcare and Protocols for the restitution of rights of children exploited by sex tourism, as well as determining Protocols of Care for children in conditions of human mobility.
Our organization is part of the Centre for Children and Adolescents (ODNA), in conjunction with other organizations such as Plan International, Unicef and FOSE, with whom studies have been performed of the conditions of children in Ecuador, serving as basis for public policy and advocacy efforts.
Save the Children is one of the organizations that make up the anti-trafficking network in the city of Quito and also exerts actions to strengthen the National Anti-Trafficking Network. Within the framework of the National Anti-Trafficking Network, Save the Children has been involved in the creation of the Bilateral Anti-Trafficking Network for restoration of rights and services for the reception of trafficked children in Ecuador and Peru.
Save the Children is also part of the national movement for the Eradication of Child Labour in conjunction with the Centre for Development and Skills (DyA) and is currently implementing a project called "Ecuador without Child Labour," funded by the European Union. The project has a strong emphasis on educational inclusion through models of accelerated basic education that is recognized by the state.
Organizationally, Save the Children Ecuador has institutional infrastructure in 12 provinces:
We work with a broad range of national and local partners among which the Latin American Association for Radio Broadcasting (ALER), the Consortium of Non-Governmental Organizations for Ecuadorian Families and Children (CONFIE), the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), Our Youth Foundation, Hope Foundation and the Ecuadorian Populorum Progressio Fund (FEPP), among others. We also have more than 25 local partners among which are local governments, centers for the disabled, children councils in several municipalities, youth associations and research centers.
Save the Children is in constant coordination and cooperation with international organizations such as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), World Food Programme (WFP), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the European Union (EU), the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), the Andalusian Agency for International Development Cooperation (AACID), the European Cooperation for Humanitarian Aid (ECHO), among others.