Los Rios, Ecuador
The construction of the first Free The Children school in Los Rios began in March 2015 and the first classroom was completed by the end of year!
The community is also excited to celebrate the first year of graduates with 18 students—with an equal number of male and female students. The school currently has 175 students and 13 teachers, as this is one of few schools in the region, students commute from 6 communities along the Rio Napo. The community is working closely with the school to ensure that students are engaged and excited to attend class and provided a cooking class for students to learn how to make quimbolitos. Quimbolitos are a traditional Ecuadorian treat and integrating these activities into the classroom have provided students with the opportunity to retain close roots to their cultural heritage while pursuing academic achievements.
In 2016, we broke ground on the community clean water system and hand washing station and began working with the newly formed women’s group in the community.
As Los Rios continues to work with Free The Children, we’re eager to plan activities on clean water and sanitation, health, alternative income, and agriculture and food security.