Planet Aid has supported Humana Pueblo a Pueblo—Ecuador (HPP-Ecuador) in its mission to carry out sustainable educational, social assistance, preservation, and conservation development projects since HPP-Ecuador was first incorporated in 2007. Ecuador hosts multiple Child Aid projects and the first Farmers' Club in the Americas.
Shortly after HPP-Ecuador was incorporated, the first Child Aid program was launched in El Triunfo, Guayas and only a year later, a second Child Aid program began operating in the neighboring canton of Milagro. Child Aid is an adaptable model that builds capacity based on the needs of each community.
Today, HPP-Ecuador implements Child Aid projects in El Oro and Guayas provinces that benefited close to 4,000 families in 2017. Child Aid in Ecuador is focused on improving food security by establishing gardens, teaching people to grow their own food, and helping farmers generate income by selling their produce and animal products. Read more about Child Aid.
Ecuador's first Farmers' Club was established in the Chimborazo province in 2013.
In 2017, the project worked with 400 farmers and their families in the Canton Yantzaza province. The families are divided clubs that meet every two weeks and participate in a wide variety of activities.
Farmers switch off visiting each other's plots where they can present their crops, discuss the results, and expound upon the challenges of cultivating the plot. They are also trained in organic compost production, food preservation and storage, animal husbandry, and other agricultural techniques. Community discussions are held to research and discuss crop varieties that will maximize earning potential. Read more about Farmers' Clubs.