Purpose

Less than 1% of Ecuador’s disabled population receive an education or any medical services. Medication and therapy can cost thousands of dollars a month making it impossible for families living on less than $500 per month to provide for their children. Parents have two options:

  1. Go to work and leave their disabled child home alone with no one to care for them for hours at a time
  2. Stay at home with their child and not have enough money to feed their family which isn’t really an option because their family would starve

Children with physical and mental disabilities have very different life experiences than other children. They are often isolated, don’t get to go to school or play with other children and frequently are abandoned.

This is your moment to ignite

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Quito’s poverty is very prevalent and chronic malnutrition is a problem for more than 25% of the population and 20% of the children under 5 have stunted growth.

Program Highlights

Life skills training, therapy and activities for disabled children

A team of volunteers created Camp Hope in 1983 as a week-long summer day camp. The program included swimming, handicrafts and group activities for disabled children. These children laughed, played games and had arts and crafts projects just like other children. They thrived and their parents saw their potential. Camp Hope delivered encouragement to the families and an inspiration to the volunteers that eventually led to the creation of an orphanage and a year-round day care center.

Today Camp Hope includes an orphanage for 16 severely disabled children and a day care for 32 disabled children. The day care provides life skills training and offers multiple therapies for all 48 special needs children Monday through Friday. These children awaken each morning to a new day of joy because they receive nutritious meals, life skills training and the full attention of a caring staff.

  • Children as young as two years old receive specialized care and the proper nutrition that they need to develop
  • A priority is helping the children learn how to eat by themselves
  • A specially designed “snoozle” room stimulates their senses which helps the children to improve their vision, hearing,
    smelling and tasting
  • Each child gets individual time with a therapist to improve their motor skills
  • Many children learn how to navigate on their own
  • Some even learn how to read and solve basic math problems

Costs

Camp Hope depends on private donations from people just like you
Medical

Each child receives individualized medical care

  • $3,475 per month pays for the house mother and five caregivers needed to care for the children
    at the orphanage
  • $625 per month provides medical care and prescriptions for 10 children
  • $300 per month pays for the salary of the nurse
Nutrition

Proper nutrition is critical for those with disabilities

  • $2,700 per month feeds all of the children at the orphanage and the day care
  • $1,700 per month provides nutritious meals just for the 32 children at day care
  • $1,000 per month provides nutritious meals just for the 16 orphans
  • $650 per month pays for all of the food supplements that are rich in vitamins and minerals
Education

Life skills training provides tools for development

  • $1,600 per month pays for three teachers and the learning materials at the special training center
  • $750 per month pays for the physical therapists
  • $50 per month sponsors one child to attend the day care and training center