The Casa del Sol – Refugio de los Sueños belongs to the Fundación Niñez y Vida (Foundation Childhood and Life), an Ecuadorian NGO. It offers integral support during childhood and adolescence for children and adolescents whose rights are being violated.
We work in three main areas:
Education: With our educational work we want to respect natural development processes. Loving care and acceptance are the bases of our work.
We offer scholarships for school and university and keep track of the children’s school situation and progress, supporting them where necessary. Our day center has several artisanal workshops where the kids can try out and explore different handicrafts. Teamwork and mutual respect as well as compliance with certain rules are part of everyday life.
Health: Medical campaigns, lab exams, free treatments and health check-ups as well as help in emergencies, dental care, and therapies are part of the health services we offer.
Social Work: Follow up on family situations, family interviews, prevention work for a good treatment of children and adolescents and their families.

Our Educational Approach

We have a different educational approach, based on research in the areas of pedagogy, neurology, and psychology, which forms a model of intervention in the different projects. It includes the following criteria and bases:
- Respect the processes of life
- Provide prepared environments
- Provide different materials
- Respect autonomy
- Non-directivity
- Limits and rules
- Unconditional love and acceptance

How You Can Support Our Work

The Refugio is in urgent need of funding in order to keep up their great work. Especially the Lunch Program needs your help, after recent cuts in public funding. Please consider making a donation. Find out how to easily do this online on our Donation Page

The Refugio is also looking for volunteers who want to directly support their work. If you have time and are interested in making a difference in the children's lives, read more on how to volunteer in Ecuador with us.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or would like more information.
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