In theory, basic education is free for all children in Ecuador. In practice, schools often charge fees to cover the costs of books, teaching materials and utilities. This prevents many poor families from sending their children to school.

Mary’s Meals helps encourage children from the slums of Quito to attend school, particularly vulnerable girls.

Our work

We provide daily meals in schools in the country’s capital, Quito.

Started working

Our impact

Our partner


over 380 children receive Mary's Meals

Cristo Misionero Orante Foundation

Did you know?

1.5 million Ecuadorians live in extreme poverty and wouldn’t be able to meet their nutritional needs even if they spent everything they had on food.