For the indigenous communities of Ecuador’s mountainous Chimborazo province, life is defined by extreme poverty, lack of education and healthcare, and the challenge of farming on rough, rocky terrain.
Every day, villagers are forced to walk long distances to access a source of clean water. The scarcity of clean water combined with a lack of hygiene education often leads to bacterial sickness, preventing children from attending school and adults from working.
Free The Children’s Adopt a Village projects in Ecuador are working to change lives through clean water projects. From building ground pipes to bringing clean water closer to homes, to constructing hand-washing stations and bathrooms next to schools, to giving community workshops on hygiene and sanitation, Free The Children is helping provide a better future for the people of rural Ecuador.
If you choose Chimborazo as our next destination, the Modern Gypsies will travel to this impoverished community to get a better understanding of the barriers they have to overcome in order to gain access to clean water. We will experience firsthand the challenges around gathering water during a “water walk”, a family’s daily struggle to collect water, tour the community and meet with residents to understand local water issues, and get our hands dirty as we help with the construction of life-changing latrines and kitchens.