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Creando Futuro

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The Creando Futuro foundation, established in January 2006, is located in the town of Muisne. The scope of its work is nationwide but it works exclusively in the Muisne canton and, since 2011, in the Atacames canton.

These cantons have not been taken into account in public intervention plans, and they are characterized by their poverty and lack of employment opportunities for their people. Families have five children on average, which raises the poverty level and forces the children to work. Moreover, the canton has an abnormally high disability rate, and no structure exists to propose aid for these individuals.  Furthermore, the fact that each person tries to do what he or she can to survive are factors of loss of everyday sense of community and unity.

To combat these problems, a group of dreamers and people familiar with social, economic, and political crises founded Creando Futuro with the aim of improving the quality of life of the most vulnerable individuals.

The Creando Futuro foundation seeks to offer an efficient and effective alternative to resolve concrete problems such as truancy, child abuse, child labor, and exclusion of persons with disabilities. 

More information on their Facebook.

Creando Futuro

Supports community development, led by homemakers, young, persons with disabilities, and farmers

Coast / Esmeraldas
Education Social and economic development
Kids Adolescents Young adults Adults Elderly people


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June, Friday 9 2017

March, Monday 13 2017

March, Tuesday 7 2017

February, Wenesday 15 2017

Solidarity concert to help Muisne

July, Wenesday 27 2016

Creando Futuro and several artists from Quito organized a solidarity concert to continue helping Muisne. They were in Quito on Friday, June 24. Those who attended the concert had the chance of making a donation, specially a donation of school supplies (in order to give supply kits for the children of rural schools).

“Help a child smile and you will always be happy”.

June, Monday 27 2016

June, Monday 27 2016

“Family Sunday”

February, Tuesday 23 2016

For many years, Creando Futuro has organized “Sundays for my family”, which are days for family to gather and enjoy a free time full of games, talks, debates and creation. This year, at the end of May, in the context of begging eradication, Creando Futuro organized a “Sunday for my family” which focused on entrepreneurship.

February, Wenesday 10 2016

February, Wenesday 10 2016

February, Wenesday 10 2016

November, Thursday 12 2015

Demonstration aiming to value children rights

November, Monday 9 2015

In Esmeraldas, Creando Futuro took part to a demonstration aiming to value children rights to a healthy childhood and a quality education. It was an event organised by the local associative world in partnership with the MIES. By the end of the day, the walk has been concluded with a speech and sensitiveness-reinforcing workshops for all participants, parents and children that did come.

“Sundays for my family“

October, Tuesday 13 2015

It has been a long time that Creando Futuro organises the “Sundays for my family“. Understand, these are meeting days where families can be reunited to enjoy their free time by playing, discussing, debating or creating… Thus, the association has organised by the end of the month of May 2015 a “Sunday for my family” that is focused on the special theme of enterprises creation.

Travellers visiting Creando Futuro!

July, Wenesday 8 2015

Early July, the association Creando Futuro welcomed the Globe Swappers. The Globe Swappers are four young French people who are travelling across 9 different countries, 10 000 km, for 6 months, in Latin America. During this journey, they aim at making real the principles of social economy. In exchange for volunteering, they find shelter and meal. And, above all, they exchange symbolic objects with people they meet on their way.

They came three days to Creando Futuro. From Chamanga to Atacames, through Muisne and Cabo, they have discovered the activities of the association. They have videotaped daily the work of the association and interviewed workers in order to edit a small promotional movie about Creando Futuro’s activities. They have also helped Carlos, a social worker, to create and manage a website. This website will soon be online, we will keep you informed!

To symbolise this meeting, Perrine, a volunteer from One more option at Creando Futuro since March, offered them the code of children and teenagers’ rights. Today, the four travelers keep following their journey. They left behind them beautiful memories and a website that will be quite useful to the association!

Translated by Lucie Gil

Empowering young people towards a more egalitarian Ecuador   !

June, Saturday 13 2015

In Ecuador where 22.5   % of the population lives on less than $80, the poor boys, girls and adolescents have a slim chance of getting ahead.Many of them have no access to secondary education and most never reach university. In addition, Ecuador is one of countries in Latin America with the highest number of teenage pregnancy cases. One in five women between 15 and 19 years of age is already a mother, and one in twenty is a mother between 12 and 14 years of age.In the last 10 years this phenomenon has increased by 2.3 points. In many cases early pregnancy is a factor in dropping out of school.

To counter these trends and foster greater access to secondary and higher education for the children and adolescents in the poor areas in which it works, "Creando Futuro" regularly organizes information and awareness camps.

This weekend they invited 25 teens and preteens from the ​​Cabo San Francisco area to a two day camp on the seashore. In this idyllic setting they were able to address key topics to reinforce their self-esteem and awareness of their rights: citizen participation, leadership, and community.

Participants were also made aware of and informed about other issues important for their age which were central themes during the weekend: sexuality, respect and addictions. Thus they could learn, share and discuss the development of the human body, the implications of sex and sexuality, contraception methods, necessary mutual respect and self-respect.

There were a few embarrassed smiles, lots of laughter, but also listening and honesty!Hopefully it will support their future decision making!

Translated by Katherine Leiva

A Sunday of Beginning at Atacames!

May, Friday 22 2015

Years ago, the Association Creando Futuro began organizing family Sundays, reunion days where families could meet to take advantage of their free time playing, talking, debating, and being creative. As part of a program to eradicate begging, financed by the Ministry of Economic and Social Inclusion, Creando Futuro organized a family Sunday about entrepreneurship at the end of May 2015. Fifty participants heard testimonies from other low-income individuals, who had nevertheless broken through the barriers and created their own business.

Attendees also participated in a training on the process of creating a microbusiness project, including the necessary tools for market research, business creation, sales development, and improving client relations, among others. After the theoretical workshop, participants were invited to brainstorm innovative microbusiness ideas to share with the group. Ideas varied; some wanted to open a ceviche restaurant (a cold seafood salad); others proposed textile factories or even selling chocolate tarts! As they shared their possible careers, participants explained their strategies for distinguishing themselves from the competition and building sales, allowing them to practice in the most realistic situation possible.

In order to foster this creativity, the event also included artistic presentations from Chamanga, including love songs, folk dance, and marimba. To top it off, the day ended on a vibrant note, with a dance therapy session!

We hope that the technical support from Creando Futureo enables participants to incorporate the ideas they were exposed to during the workshop and prove that begging is not the only option.

Translated by Jennifer Pietropaoli



Raising awareness in relatives of disabled people: first steps!

May, Thursday 21 2015

In Ecuador, the status of disabled people is being transformed. Since the arrival of vice President Lenin Moreno, himself disabled, the position has changed. The rights of disabled people to education, health, culture and leisure activities – under the same conditions and with access to the same facilities as people without disabilities – are now recognised and promoted, and public policies are aimed at facilitating and improving this access. $240 a month is also given to poor disabled people whose handicap is recognised by the Minister of Health as being a significant impediment to their activities.

Despite these advances, the situation of disabled people is still very worrying. The vast majority of them have no access to basic education, and the perception of handicap in Ecuadorian society is extremely limiting. Shame, fear and mockery often afflict these people and their families, who are already dealing with a very difficulty burden. Many disabled children, young people and adults are restricted to the family home without having access to any activities, suffering from domestic violence or being overprotected and making independence even more difficult for them to achieve. On a physical level, there are many risks linked to immobility: bedsores, bone deformation etc.

Maria Cellamare is an Italian physiotherapist who has been volunteering with Creando Futuro for three months. In that time she has helped many disabled children, young people and adults. While physiotherapy can help, in many cases it cannot repair lesions or injuries that have existed for many years. Because, just like everyone else, disabled people need to be stimulated and move on a daily basis.

In order to work on this issue with the affected families, Maria carries out her consultations with a family member present, and has worked with her colleagues to organise an initial workshop to raise awareness of the need for movement in order to transform family members into health promoters for these disabled people.

Around 20 people have participated in the workshops at Muisne, and at Cabo and Chamanga, where Maria also visits the families involved. Following a brief technical explanation, Maria provides a practical demonstration of useful daily exercises so that the participants can learn them for themselves.

Today, these families are requesting a physiotherapist for the school attended by disabled children and young people, because Maria will soon be returning to France and the foundation cannot currently employ a physiotherapist. To achieve this, the families are organising a pressure group... We wish them every success in their efforts!

Translated by Jane Davis

All working together in Chamanga to provide access to culture and leisure!

May, Thursday 7 2015

Chamanga is a small coastal village on the border between the provinces of Manabi and Esmereldas. It has a small population, yet it is a village where numerous Ecuadorian cultures are represented, with Montubios, Serranos, African descendants and Chachi Indians all living together. It is also a very poor village, neglected by the public services and where socio-economic problems such as unemployment, child labour, alcoholism and teenage pregnancy are over-represented.

Despite these difficulties, a group of 30 people (including children, young people, adults and the elderly) has been working for several months to achieve a dream: to create a house open to all, where everyone can use their free time for dancing, painting, drawing, acting, producing short films, becoming confident, sharing their passions and enjoying special times with friends, family and the community.

With the support of Creando Futuro, they are renting a house in Chamanga, and have already put in place a number of activities! Children and young people are doing marimba (a traditional dance of African descent), learning traditional dances from the Sierra, acting, and have already produced a short film to raise awareness of theft... of cattle! In the future, they want to organise courses in sewing, pottery, produce a short film on teenage pregnancy and a number of other projects that are developed during their meetings!

To do this, to acquire the instruments and costumes they need to present their dance performances and to renovate the house that they are using, they are seeking to collect funding. They have sold empanadas, held a bingo tournament... But they want to do more! If you would like to support them, you can make a donation by clicking at the top right of this screen on "Make a donation". Your donation will be paid directly to Creando Futuro to support this project.

But the group aren't merely sitting and waiting for the money to arrive! They have asked Creando Futuro to support them by helping them to take part in a training course on fundraising and self-financing. Creando Futuro suggested that Perrine, a project management volunteer sent by Une Option de Plus, should help them with this.

In early May, Perrine therefore offered 25 participants a training session on the different means of financing a project, advice on how to effectively monitor calls for projects, a presentation about provisional budgets and how to drawn one up together with advice on how to establish a project and a financing plan. After this excellent presentation, the participants were able to work as a group to start developing the project budget.

Perrine will continue to provide support to this extremely motivated community so that they are able to establish a project and seek funding.

Une Option de Plus congratulates the community of Chamanga for its dynamism, the synergies created with Creando Futuro and its work with Perrine, and wishes long life to the exciting project that is the Casa Cultural at Chamanga!

Translated by Jane Davis


An excellent year's work for Creando Futuro!

December, Friday 26 2014

The foundation's AGM was the opportunity to present this work to the partners, members and employees. Each of the three teams (child development centre, monitoring of disabled people and project for the eradication of child labour) had created a PowerPoint presentation which was presented by a delegate. These related the actions carried out and their results, but also enabled everyone to discuss the problems encountered and to explore the learning experiences that resulted.

Among its successes, the Foundation was particularly proud of having enabled more than 20 child labourers to return to school in only a few months, and to have supported around 30 beneficiaries in acquiring a legal identity. There are many Ecuadorians without legal identities, because they have never been declared. This is important, because a legal identity is required to be entitled to legal rights. Finally, 22 children treated in the child development centre will be returning to primary school next school year; healthy, vaccinated and well-fed.

In 2015, the foundation intends to expand its productive activities, and in particular to support beneficiaries in creating micro-enterprises in order to help eradicate child labour and to stimulate the socio-professional integration of handicapped people.

To celebrate these successes and to promote relationships between the employees, the AGM was followed by a meal and karaoke!

Translated by Jane Davis

In the Canton of Muisne, Creando Futuro launched a campaign against child labour!

October, Wenesday 8 2014

In Ecuador, according to the national institute for statistics, 15% of children under the age of 10 work. For those over the age of 10, the percentage is considerably higher. These children and teenagers polish shoes, fish, farm, drive moto-taxis, and sell chewing gum and other objects of all kinds. When they have had a bad day, most of them beg.

When you are a child, it seems natural to help your parents; this was the way things were in Western Europe too, several generations ago. For the working classes, the woman of the house is often a housewife. There are therefore very many families where the mother stays at home, makes objects to sell or cooks, and the children sell.

This year, the Ministry for Economic and Social Inclusion of Ecuador has launched a large-scale programme aimed at stamping out child labour, with a goal date of 2016.

In the Canton of Muisne, this ambitious policy is being carried out through a campaign for raising awareness about the issue, led by approximately 40 social workers on the Isla de Muisne, and the areas around Atacames, Sua, and Chamanga.

Working on a day to day basis with families, these teams of social workers suggest other ways of raising income to the adults, so that the children no longer have to work. As part of this initiative, at Atacames, Creando Futuro offers training workshops in running small businesses to adults.

Banning child labour is not enough in itself to solve the problem; the families also need help to find other sources of income in place of that raised by children, and other types of economic activity.

On 8 October 2014, the campaign was officially launched at Muisne and Atacames. Campaigning families, local authorities and social workers led marches through both towns, bearing placards with messages such as “Everyone has the right to enjoy their childhood”, and “Together, let’s fight child labour and begging”. Following this, the team from Creando Futuro presented the campaign and its objectives. Then there were some fun activities, including sketches which aimed to raise awareness through showing situations linked to child labour. The humour in these sketches really helped to get the message across to the families! 

Translated by Alison Kapor

One Sunday for my family

November, Sunday 17 2013

Getting away from the daily routine, having a change of surroundings, meeting and rediscovering were the keywords for the event on 17 November at Chamanga, in the province of Esmeraldas. In a verdant setting under a pleasantly warm sun, parents and children were able to benefit from a different kind of day: no tasks to carry out, no requirements, just being together.

Following a presentation by the members of Creando Futuro, the programme for the day was announced: games, a meal, competitions and a lottery. Who would win the cow?!

Throughout the day, football matches between a variety of teams took place, involving both large and small and creating enjoyment for all. The youngest children were invited to participate in different workshops: painting, drawing, hula hoop and sack races. Many people took advantage of the small boats available for a trip on the water. And nobody fell in! Finally, the 200 participants enjoyed a communal meal cooked by the Creando Futuro volunteer team.

"One Sunday for my famiily" was also organised on 24 November in Muisne, where it achieved the same unalloyed success!

Translated by Jane Davis

Creando Futuro brings medical team to Muisne and Chamanga

September, Friday 13 2013

Having only recently extended the scope of their activities to include disability, Creando Futuro has lost no time creating a real impact amongst their beneficiaries with the arrival of four medical professionals.

220 children and Young people with disabilities turned up in Chamanga, and 80 in Muisne. The four doctors from Quito that took part were specialists in neurology, genetic disorders, anaemia, paediatrics and dermatology.

The primary objective of the medical team was to make an assessment of the levels and nature of the disabilities in these areas in order to inform how the foundation can, in future, provide medical assistance to these groups.

In Muisne the session took place at the Hellen Keller school (where the summer camp took place). In Chamanga, the Acevedo family hosted the event, even providing drinks and food to the doctors. The rural social security also attended with their nurse and doctor together with the equipment necessary to attend to the participants.

The long term objective of the foundation is to provide each one of the children and young people diagnosed at these events with medical care and support.

Translated by Elizabeth Brook

How you can help


Not-for-profit private Foundation, charter n°0072 from the Ministry of Social Welfare 2006 MIES (Ministry of Economic and Social Inclusion)

Muisne, located on the coast to the west of the province of Esmeralda in northwest Ecuador, is a working city. It is separated by a delta that flows into the last protected mangroves that were able to survive deforestation and construction of camaroneras (industrials specialized in shrimp-fishing). On the seaside is a long desert beach lined with tall palm trees.

Noting the social, economic, and political crises affecting the peoples of Ecuador, a group of social workers created the association Creando Futuro in January 2006.
Creando Futuro’s activities began with the organization of a camp, with the help of the Peace Corps and the FUNDECOL Foundation. It allowed some 60 participants to discover different activities and crafts to start micro-enterprises. At the end of the camp, small groups of people were formed, each with a microenterprise project. Creando Futuro then helped in their implementation.
The foundation is now engaged in three projects:
-the elimination of child labor and begging in the canton of Muisne, Atacames and its parishes
-comprehensive care for children in the CIBV of Sua
-care of persons with disabilities in the canton of Muisne, parishes, and surrounding precincts.

Calle Manabí, entre 5 de Agosto y Luis Vargas Torres


Maricledis Cagua: (00 593) / 099 75 22 791 / o (00 593) / (0)69 69 13 59 (domicilio)
Porfirio Chila Arizala: (00 593) / (0) 959 02 39 00

no website – communication policy: door to door contact, word of mouth

The foundation is kept alive by a group of volunteer members originating in Muisne. Many work or have worked in the INFA (Institute of Children and Family) as “community developers.” Today, more than 30 persons are working in the foundation.

To improve the living conditions of families of the canton of Muisne in different areas: educational, cultural, ecological tourism, artisanal production, sports.

SO1: Provide persons with disabilities with personalized care, with support in the area of rehabilitation and administrative procedures
SO2: Eradicate child labor in the cantons of Muisne, Atacames, Sua, and Chamanga
SO3: Create and facilitate spaces of integral development tailored to the needs of children
SO4: Create and facilitate moments of conviviality and exchange for families

1. Activities related to SO1:
Eight social work technicians provide care for 200 persons with disabilities in the canton of Muisne: administrative, medical, and psychological care.

2. Activities related to SO2:
Twenty-three technicians give care to more than 400 families that have children performing child labor activities. They proposed recreational activities to the children and adolescents while building awareness among the families.

3. Activities related to SO3:
Nuevo Amanecer Nursery School in Súa: Hosting and feeding 40 children ranging in age from less than seven months to three years, from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm. Leisure and early learning activities are provided.
Tutoring, Muisne.

4. Activities related to SO4:
“A Sunday for my Family:” of integration and inclusion, motivation, sports, and recreation for families to share moments of happiness and interact with people from other places. It takes place three times a year with the participation of 200 people from different sectors.

“Parent School:” awareness-raising workshops on self-esteem, disability, motivation, violation of rights, child abuse, mistreatment of women, undertakings with the objective of listening to the families’ ideas and social, economic, and psychological needs.

“Community Sweeps:” self-managed material assistance drives for items that families need in their households, like clothing, beds, sheets, shoes, food, medicine, medical care, disability care, late registration in the civil registry, etc.

Serves 200 persons with disabilities, 525 children and adolescents in the child labor eradication program, 40 children in CIVB are served by Creando Futuro.