Inclusion for Special Needs Children in Ecuador

by Fundacion Hearts of Gold Vetted since 2017 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit


Fighting a stigma against special needs in Ecuador, the NOVA Education Center is working to promote an inclusionary education model. NOVA brings 95 children with special needs and normal children into the same classroom. This project works to promote diversity, respect, and community involvement. By sponsoring a child at NOVA you can ensure that children with special needs and children who can't afford education are given the opportunity to learn and grow, while promoting a culture of diversity.

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Children with special needs do not have many opportunities in Ecuador. They rarely do not graduate high school and do not have access to alternative technical training. Furthermore, Ecuadorian society is not aware of how to integrate individuals with special needs. This means that, more often than not, children are not very involved in activities, education, and work opportunities outside their homes, and that their Ecuadorian brothers and sisters do not know how to promote inclusion.


The NOVA Education Center is a pioneer for diversity by promoting an inclusionary education model where all children can learn together. They involve children with or without special needs from all types of backgrounds, their families, and the community at large. Based on principles of respect and diversity, NOVA is ensuring that Ecuadorians know how to practice inclusion and that children with special needs receive unique opportunities.

Long-Term Impact

In the long-term, NOVA is ensuring that Ecuador is a country that promotes values of diversity and respect towards all persons. Each year 95 children are directly impacted, receiving a quality education while also learning deep lessons of integration and how to help others. NOVA is a special place where the community unites to celebrate our differences and support persons from all walks of life.



Organization Information

Fundacion Hearts of Gold

Location: Cuenca - Ecuador
Website: http:/​/​​
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @Hearts_Of_Gold
Project Leader:
Kelly Mitchell
Cuenca, Ecuador
$40 raised of $3,500 goal
2 donations
$3,460 to go
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