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Ecuador For over 20 years, we have worked in close partnership with indigenous communities throughout Ecuador. While our work started in the mountains of Chimborazo, it has followed the journeys of families deep into Napo Province, along the tributary rivers of the Amazon. Our work has spanned beyond WE’s five Pillars of Impact, to include region-wide projects like the Agricultural Learning Center and Mondaña Clinic, and trainings on vital topics like leadership, capacity- building and agency.

The girls club that gave a 13-year-old the confidence to succeed

In 1999 the story of WE was first featured on an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show . Craig was among dozens of youth who were welcomed on stage to speak about the change they were creating— for some it was in the life of a friend, and for others impact that reached across the world.

Impact by the numbers


people have been positively impacted by our work since 1999.


Oprah was so moved by our organization’s commitment to providing education that she

hours are saved by the average women because of the household water connections we install.

made a surprise commitment in the middle of the show to build schools together. The partnership with Oprah’s Angel Network went on to build more than 60 schools around the world and 40 in the province of Chimborazo, providing much-needed educational access to indigenous communities. This commitment paved the way for girls like Lucia to step into a classroom and dream of a brighter future. As she made her way through primary school, she watched the older girls in the community: they walked with confidence. They weren’t afraid to share their ideas and engage in the classroom. An education unlocked more than just literacy for these girls. When the girls club program came to her community of San Miguel, she knew this was a special opportunity to gain those same skills. Even though she was the youngest, by many years, she showed up to club meetings and participated in the activities. Today she speaks proudly about the impact education has had on her whole family: because she learned how to raise livestock (healthy guinea pigs—a high-protein staple of the region’s diet), her family has been able to eat well and regularly, while earning an income from their surplus sales at the local market. While she dreams of taking the stage in her own village as a community leader, she is following in the legacy of a remarkable woman who created impact from her own soundstage in Chicago.


patients will be treated over the next five years through the health services offered in at Mondaña Clinic, through health brigades and beyond, in partnership with the Ecuadorian government.


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