Thank you all for contributing to pay for the salary of the third outreach worker at UBECI.
If you would like to continue supporting the project you may want to consider setting up a recurring donation. Even 5-10 pounds a month would make a difference!
With your support the outreach workers have been able to continue their valuable work in the markets of Southern Quito and help an even greater number of children…
- reducing working hours amongst the children
- growing school enrollment levels
- fostering physical and logical thinking development
- providing medical care catering to needs, getting parents involved in their children’s health
- educating the children about their rights and how to exercise these.
The number of children needing assistance and participating in market outreach programmes led by the 3 outreach workers, supported by Ecuadorian and international volunteers, continued to grow in 2018, increasing by 5% to 686. UBECI was able to continue providing educational and recreational activities to children in a safe environment, also helping child labourers and their families with matters relating to school entry and access to healthcare.
Thanks to UBECI’s efforts most children are now attending school.
Through careful planning of activities and themes for the playgroups by the social workers, the children have further developed their cognitive and motor skills and social and emotional wellbeing. Topics covered in 2018 included self-esteem, solidarity, prevention against abuse, education, risks of abduction and people trafficking. This last year has unfortunately seen an increase in the incidence of cases of abduction, and people and organ trafficking in the poorer areas of Quito.
Through regular contact with the outreach workers in depth support can be offered as needed. Staff and volunteers identify issues that the children are struggling with and tailor preventative and practical workshops and campaigns to address these. In 2018 UBECI worked on a number of campaigns including the dental programme (with a focus in 2018 on older children with severe dental problems), personal and social activity focussing on the importance of the children’s personal, social and emotional spheres, and school kits.
ViaNinos and UBECI extend their thanks to you all for choosing to support their projects by funding one of their outreach workers and helping the organisation extend its reach to more children in need. We hope we can count on your continued support going forward.