ETV’s aim The primary aim of the Ecuador Tierra Viva Foundation is to stimulate development and support within host communities throughout Ecuador through the provision of appropriate technology and resources. We are working on a series of projects with disadvantaged communities to improve their standard of living by finding practical solutions to problems concerning water, sanitation and education. Our projects succeed by bridging the gap between these local needs and the resources that will make a life changing difference.
Our projects tackle five distinct and inter-related issues of Human existence and co-existence in nature, including clean drinking and irrigation water, health/sanitation, conservation, scientific research studies and education. We are often involved with two or all five project types within the host community, this accelerates local development and helps the community achieve important long-term goals. Our principle project aims are outlined below:
Providing access to essential healthcare in remote communities
Construction of a water systems
Iimproving child literacy in Coast area
Sustainable Farming In The Amazon Rainforest
Development of scientific projects to maintain the rainforest
Monitoring Wildlife and bird studies in the Amazon Jungle
Ecuador's population is burdened by unequal distribution of wealth which has created widening division between the upper and lower classes. The national poverty rate is estimated at 35 percent and in some rural areas poverty affects almost 70 percent of non-urban dwellers.
The largest segment of Ecuador's population includes peasants and subsistence farmers, informal sector vendors, agribusiness employees, temporary workers, and the unemployed. Most of these Ecuadorians are denied the education and connections to gain access to the small professional sector and are thus confined to low-paid jobs. ETV projects implement measures to improve the standard of living to impoverished communities in rural and urban areas of the country.
The ETV outreach program develops links with disadvantaged and impoverished communities that are lacking water, sanitation and educational facilities. We identify specific problem areas and evaluate the steps required to create acceptable solutions. Project partnership with the community is an important aspect of our work and their participation in the project from conception to completion greatly increases its chances of success.
Ecuador's name comes from the Equator, which divides it unequally, putting most of the country in the Southern Hemisphere. It may be the smallest Andean country, but it has four distinct and contrasting regions. The Costa, or coastal plains, the Sierra, or Andean uplands, the Oriente, or Amazon jungles and the Galápagos Islands, volcanic islands 960 kilometers west of Ecuador. The ETV project programme is active in all four regions of the country.
There are several factors that affect the timing of our projects: where clement weather conditions are desirable we work during the regional dry season; school holidays influence the timing of our educational projects; volunteer availability is another determining factor. Essentially, we are usually running a project somewhere in the country at any time of the year, there may be a greater concentration of work in the period from May to September.
We are most grateful for any kind of support and you can help our projects in two ways: firstly, you can make a donation using the donation facility on this website or secondly, you can make a joint financial/working contribution by joining us in Ecuador as a project volunteer.