We have been working in Ecuador from 2004, in partnership with our founding member Fundacion Sembrar, to create educational activities and vocational training and job creation, to prevent violence and protect the most vulnerable, especially women and children. Our staff has been in the forefront to deal with the aftermath of the earthquake that struck Portoviejo in April 2016, initially with emergency outreach, followed by economic development projects among the poorest population groups.


Post earthquake response, social and economic inclusion and promotion of inclusive governance

“Tejiendo Redes” Project, funded by EU

In the City of Portoviejo following the destruction of the 2016 earthquake, AVSI, in partnership with the Municipal Government of Portoviejo, Fundacion Crisfe, CUET and NGO Cesal received funding to promote the project “Tejiendo Redes” (Weaving Networks), with the goal of strengthening local civil society, promoting active citizen participation in the reconstruction process and reviving and supporting small businesses and local value chains.

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Social and Economic Inclusion

Distance Support Program

Child education. Together with local partners Fundacion Sembrar and CUET, AVSI finances and provides technical assistance to the Distance Support Program (DSP), promoting educational, social and economic inclusion initiatives. The program involves approximately 1,800 children, young people and their families from rural communities of Manabí and the outer-urban areas of Quito.

The family at the center. The DSP project in Quito, run by AVSI founder Fundación Sembrar promotes the following lines of action: early childhood education; family education; violence reduction and women empowerment; youth and professional orientation; employment. The DSP project in Manabi, run by the CUET, is comprised of the following components: educational initiatives for the school age child; youth accompaniment; family education; agriculture and microenterprises; health. The family is the fundamental cell of societal development and the DSP program in Ecuador promotes and empowers parents to be key players in the education of children. For these reasons, in all areas of activity, attention is focused on parental accompaniment, through systematic home visits, meetings and workshops.

Vocational training and job creation. In recent years, some professional training activities have been carried out in collaboration with the Ecuadorean Government and local businesses. These courses are directed toward youth and parents, in different occupations from food preparation to small business administration. In addition, in rural areas small family farms and community gardens are promoted to meet the needs of the family and, in some cases, to also enable small-scale retail ventures.

Human Rights

Social Rehabilitation Project

Since 2016 AVSI has partnered with the Ecuadorian Ministry of Justice, Human Rights and Cults in support of detainees, promoting an IT skills and career building program to prepare inmates to successfully reintegrate into society. This project is part-financed by CISCO Networking Academy, a Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility program.

Urban Development, Climate Change, Risk Management, Resilient Cities

Consultancy “Generation of technical inputs and socio-economic and physical / environmental participatory diagnosis for the construction of a Partial Plan in the San Pablo Sector”

Within the framework of the Ecuadorian-German Program of "Sustainable Intermediate Cities" (CIS), part of the competition for Urban Laboratories, the City of Portoviejo was positioned as the winner in the theme "risk management, resilience and adaptation to climate change". Within this program German International Cooperation (GIZ) offers technical assistance to the Municipality of Portoviejo to define and articulate integral strategies to consolidate at risk neighborhoods like San Pablo, relocate homes at risk, and promote the environmental recovery and protection of the city's hills.

As part of this program, AVSI postulated and was selected to implement the consultancy “Generation of technical inputs and socio-economic and physical / environmental participatory diagnosis for the construction of a Partial Plan in the San Pablo Sector”. AVSI will implement participatory studies such as Stakeholder Analysis and DRUP (Fast and Participatory Urban Diagnosis) to mobilize and sensitize the local community while generating technical inputs to help the municipal government, together with its citizens, construct an integral development plan for the neighborhood, with special attention to #RiskManagement, #Resilience, and adaption to #ClimateChange.

Emergency Response to the 2016 Earthquake

Immediately after the 2016 earthquake in Ecuador, AVSI has carried out emergency work to support 700 families supported at a distance, to identify schools and centers to be renovated, remove debris and restore access to water in the affected areas.

AVSI Ecuador
Av. Republica de El Salvador 406 con Moscú

Edificio Impaqto Coworking, Office Q214

Quito, Ecuador
Tel.: +593 2 3381 917


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