Children living in vulnerable and impoverished indigenous Kichwa communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest are often the most neglected members of the community. MAP Ecuador, through this project, will promote change for 1,600 people through empowering infants and their families by contributing to the growth of new generations with strengthened cognitive, physical, social and emotional capacity, resulting in more engaged families who contribute to the development of their communities.
In many indigenous communities in the Amazon Rainforest, infants are not considered to be protagonists in their own development, nor as active members of their communities. The role of mothers as givers of life is not fully valued, and fathers do not assume an active part in the development of their children. Because of this, they experience serious problems in their cognitive and physical development. This calls for a innovative approach to comprehensive early childhood development.
By implementing the latest scientific research on brain development for healthy early childhood, we go beyond a purely clinical approach to maternal and child health care, with a focus on equality, womens rights, and in promoting infants as active members of the community who participate in a full life and enjoy optimal conditions for their welfare. The project works to empower infants and their families through a community-based approach, using interactive methods and local health promotors.
An infant that is respected and empowered is one who has the vision to change the world. By creating new generations with the capacity to positively change their communities, driving their own growth and development, citizens are empowered with a vision and capacity built on respect, which can help build better societies, with a wider impact on problems like domestic violence, drugs abuse, and others.