Indigene Kleinbäuerin in Ecuador
In Ecuador

we support indigenous communities in the Andes region and strengthen their resilience in times of climate change. Women are encouraged to exercise their rights.

International Assistance in Ecuador

Why We Are On Site

Ecuador is one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world. However, the country has a multitude of problems to grapple with, from poverty and inequality, to environmental destruction, water scarcity and violence, right up to the effects of armed conflict in Colombia. Many families are dependent on agriculture. However, the crops that are able to be cultivated are often insufficient for the people to provide for themselves. The indigenous population in the rural areas is particularly subject to impoverishment. There is often inadequate access to drinking water and appropriate health care. In addition, the local ecosystems face a continuing destruction. Women in particular suffer in this situation and from the great gender inequality, which is often accompanied by gender-specific violence. Additionally, more than 400,000 Venezuelan refugees face a increasing xenophobia.

Years Active in the Country
We have been helping in Ecuador since 2002
Staff Members
of Johanniter work on site
could be reached in 2019
Partner Organisations
implement the projects on the ground

What We Achieve Together with Our Partner Organisations

In the Andean region in northern Ecuador, our partners support indigenous smallholders in the development of sustainable agriculture. Among other things, irrigation systems are being installed to make them less dependent on the increasingly irregular rainfall. In the Pacific region of Ecuador, we work on securing the livelihood of the rural population. To protect the local ecosystems, we implemented measures for a sustainable usage. In addition, marginalized women in the province of Sucumbíos are enabled to secure their livelihood and participate in the political sphere. This strengthens their position in their communities and families. Additionally, we support the economic and social integration of Venezuelan regugees in four cities.

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Project News from Ecuador

  • Der Vetreter des Umweltministeriums, Fernando Moya, übergibt das Abkommen an den Präsidenten von APESARBIPAR, Jackson Cabezas.

    Agreement signed on sustainable use of mangrove forests


    To protect mangrove forests and their sustainable management we are implementing a transnational project on the Pacific coast of Ecuador and Colombia. Communities in Ecuador have now achieved an important success.

  • Integration as the foundation for a better life


    Together with the Red Cross Ecuador, we launched a project at the end of last year to help Venezuelan migrants and host communities with integration in four cities across the country.

  • Frauen demonstrieren für ihr Recht auf Gesundheit

    "We experience more and more intra-family disruption"


    Amparo Peñaherrera works for our Ecuadorian partner organisation "Fundación de Mujeres de Sucumbíos" (FMS). In an interview with our Head of Mission Sandra Weppler, she warns against the negative impact of the current Corona pandemic.


Nuestros proyectos en español

Aquí puede encontrar informacíon sobre nuestros proyectos en español.
Here you can find information about out projects in spanish.