Ecuador here we come…

It is with great enthusiasm that we announce that for our project in 2010 we will be building a school in Ecuador.

Within the Ecuadorian community we will be working in, only 10% of children go on to secondary school and the male literacy rate is 70% whereas female literacy is only 40%. By building a school here we will be helping to bridge this gender disparity.

As Aung San Suu Kyi asserts,

The education and empowerment of women throughout the world cannot fail to result in a more caring, tolerant, just and peaceful life for all.

This project will be based in the Chimborazo province, which has a large population of indigenous people, and although many children have access to primary education – they often leave school early. By improving the quality of the education for the children in the area, our hope is that better retention rates will follow.

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