CESAL and the Fundación Sembrar, along with the support of Fundación MAPFRE, have created the “Accompanying a generation” project which aims to develop Sembrar day care centers.
The main objective of these centers is to provide comprehensive support (through psycho-pedagogic and emotional care) to disadvantaged children from 1 to 5 years of age in the deprived neighborhoods of Pisullí and Roldós, northwest of Quito.
The project has two types of center: the Child Development Center (CDI) “Ojos de Cielo,” and the child development spaces for families (EFDI.) The first is a rented space taking in boys and girls who find themselves in a family situation which requires much dedication and follow-up. The EFDI are three small centers for infants located in the houses of mothers from the neighborhoods, who offer their time and knowledge and open up their homes to guarantee the children’s education.
Presently, 25 children between the ages of 1 and 4 are housed In the “Ojos de Cielo” center, while each EFDI can receive up to 7 children. A total of 46 children and 45 families are looked after. All the educators are mothers from neighborhoods who have had the opportunity to be given professional status through this work.
The activities carried out are in line with the yearly, monthly and weekly planning provisions set out by the national Early-Years Education Curriculum of Ecuador The planning is reviewed once a month. It is the mother educators, under the supervision of the education coordinator, who develop the monthly planning and the activities for each week.
CESAL is an NGO which has been involved in international cooperation since 1988. Currently it is present in 12 countries of Latin American and Africa, carrying out projects related to education, health, housing, water and sanitation, productive development, small businesses, and training for employment and the strengthening of civil society.