CESAL, along with Fundación Sembrar and with the support of Fundación MAPFRE carries out the project named “Accompanying a generation: Family Spaces and Child Development” (EFDI).” By way of this program they have created small centers for infants in the homes of women of the Pisullí and La Roldós neighborhoods in the city of Quito. The women share their time, knowledge and home to guarantee the children’s education.
Each of these mother educators takes in an average of 5 to 7 neighborhood children, and works them on a preschool curriculum. A coordinator supervises the activities of these centers and ensures that the education being carried out is appropriate to the national educational standards.
Offering preschool children from the marginal urban neighborhoods of Quito a clean, safe and suitable space for their development meets two objectives: it benefits the development of the child which must be started from an early age, as well as freeing the mothers from the care of their children during working hours so that they can work to support their families.
The EFDI program runs from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and during this time, besides attending conventional classes, the children are involved in activities related to nutrition and urban gardening. In addition, the program includes the training of the mother educators and the parents of the children who attend these centers.
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.