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Ecuador

Basic Indicators

Source: UNICEF: The State of the World's Children Report

Population: 13,625,000 (2009)
National language: Spanish, Quechua
Per capita income: US$ 3,940 (2009)
Life expectancy: 75 (2009)
% of population using
improved drinking water sources:
94% (2008)
% of population using
adequate sanitation facilities:
92% (2008)
Under 5 Mortality Rate: 24/1,000 live births (2009)

Sponsor a child today! Ecuador controls the Galapagos Islands, made famous by Charles Darwin’s reference to the islands’ birds in the development of his theory of evolution. Located in South America directly on the Equator, Ecuador is bordered by Colombia to the northeast and Peru to the southeast, and has a long coastline of the Pacific Ocean. It is roughly the same size as Nevada.

With low-lying Pacific areas that flood frequently, a central region located high in the Andes Mountains, and western areas lying in the beginnings of the Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador is challenged by different types of inaccessible terrain that make the provision of basic services a very difficult task.

Nearly 40% of Ecuador's revenues are from the sale of oil and petroleum products. Unfortunately, this wealth is rarely seen by the poorer sectors of the community. Other key exports include bananas, textiles, and shrimp.

More than 400,000 children participate in our projects in Ecuador. Except in emergency situations, Plan does not provide direct assistance. Instead, we help communities develop, grow and, ultimately, support themselves.

Hear from the children

An essential part of Plan's work is empowering children to discuss the issues that matter to them and to take part in decisions that affect their lives. To help you learn about these issues, the children in Plan communities have put together a series of publications called "See Our World": Read what the children have to say about their lives.