Nutrition and health care for children with disabilities”

Country: Ecuador
Location: Quito
Beneficiaries: children with severe disabilities

Nature of the project

Social & Health Care and Nutrition

The Project

The Foundation Fecupal of Quito, established by Camilian missionaries is responsible for the activities of the "Centre de Cuidado y atención integral to niños especiales". From the beginning, the center has dealt with children with disabilities and their families seeking to integrate the diet of children with vitamins and proteins and to provide general medical and nutritional advice.
In Ecuador, the reality of families with disabled children is very serious because many of these do not have sufficient resources for assistance. The condition of the families of children who attend the center is worrying: 90% are in extreme poverty, while only 10% belong to the medium-low class of the society.
The program expects to incur feed costs of 60 disabled children. Of these 8 are epileptic, 17 with cerebral palsy, 6 with mental retardation, 10 young Down’s syndrome patients and all with congenital diseases.

The Context

Quito is the capital of Ecuador, located at 2850 meters above sea level, covers an area of 320 sq km with a population of 1,151,990 inhabitants. Approximately 30% of the space is occupied by urban marginal areas that are settling waves of internal migration, mainly from rural areas of the country and who do not have all the basic essential services. Of the families that live in these neighborhoods usually mothers devote themselves to housework and child care and fathers are employed primarily as laborers in the construction industry. Very commonly, the man has a sense of superiority over the woman; this often leads to violence and home abuse. In this context, the children are very often making up the most space of affection for the woman. Certainly these phenomena are the result of the general lack of education among the people and almost always connected with the lack of initiative and accountability.
The health services in the country and, in the particular area of reference, are insufficient and have large structural deficiencies in areas such as tools, resources and professionalism of the staff.
In Ecuador, 46% of the population lives below the national poverty line and one of the most obvious consequences is the nutritional problems of children.
Together with statistical data on poverty, the rate of child malnutrition is one of the most eloquent indices of social development achieved by a society.
In Ecuador, 16% of children are born underweight and 29% of those under the age of 5 suffer from rickets. Because of malnutrition, many children show problems in growth or malfunction.

Help us

To assist disabled children in Quito