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Through the El Terreno Foundation, ​we deliver a variety of social and environmental projects to help improve the quality of life of rural Andean communities, while preserving culture and regenerating ecosystems.

Local Challenges

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Bolívar is one of Ecuador's poorest provinces - 40% of rural people live in poverty as their hard agricultural work earns them far less than minimum wage. This forces many to migrate to the cities (or even overseas) in search of income to provide for their families, often leaving their culture behind.


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There are many health issues in these rural areas. For example, 48% of children suffer from malnutrition due to unsafe water, a lack of income and nutritional knowledge. There is only one small health centre that is designed to serve 5,300 people over 17 communities, many over an hour away.


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The majority of the rural population rely on their agricultural produce for sustenance and income. However, after 50 years of deforestation, monoculture and the heavy use of chemicals, the soil has been heavily depleted of nutrients and landslides are common.


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95% of the people in the communities surrounding Atandahua are indigenous. They have a fascinating culture with diverse food, clothes, songs, ceremonies and language. However, 500 years after the Spanish colonisation, this unique culture is under threat from discrimination and the attraction to a Western lifestyle.


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Education standards are low in remote villages throughout Ecuador. Around Guaranda, less than 25% go beyond middle-school. With limited life prospects and worldview, young people don't have many opportunities to improve their situation where they are, resulting in migration and a rate of teenage pregnancy of over 1 in 4


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Local domestic water is unreliable and unsafe due to deforestation, a lack of storage and filtration, as well as the grazing of cattle and use of pesticides upstream. This leads to gastro-intestinal issues and water shut-offs during the dry summers. Many people also live in inadequate or derelict housing, often without toilets, showers or insulation.


What We Do

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Children & Young People

Educational & confidence building activities to give them the best start in life - one in which they have the skills and self-belief that they can be the designers of their destiny.


Training and knowledge in agriculture and business to assist them towards economic prosperity for themselves and their families.

Elderly & Disabled

Installing smokeless stoves and supporting essential services such as the local health centre and governmental inclusion initiatives, to the most vulnerable and excluded from society.

Wider Community

Cultural events and infrastructure projects that strengthen identity and improve essential services so that communities can thrive.