In Ecuador, as in many Latin American countries, attending school is a luxury that very few have access to. Attending school requires buying books, uniforms, shoes, and school supplies, not counting transportation. Sadly many children don’t go to school because they don’t have a pair of shoes or because they don’t have money to buy pencils and a notebook. Many children, at their early age, have to worry about contributing to the family economy either by working or begging.
Due to lack of opportunities, our young people end up being victims of drugs, recruited by gangs, and forced to commit crimes.
This situation has caused numerous parents to risk their lives and the lives of their children and undertaking the long journey of migration.