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    Using Cultural Exchange for Collective Change


    40% of the rural population surrounding the town of Guaranda, Ecuador lives in poverty. Due to the lack of employment, education, infrastructure and healthcare, the area has high rates of issues such as child malnutrition (46%), teenage pregnancy (26%) & illiteracy (10%).


    90% of the rural communities are indigenous, but their culture and language is under threat, as many young people abandon their culture and leave for the cities in search of a better life.



    At El Terreno, we're building a centre of cultural exchange and social innovation, where we bring together local Ecuadorians and others from around the world through sustainable tourism, culture, education and ecology – to create a more meaningful, sustainable and prosperous world.

    As of the 18th July 2022 we've received over 85 volunteers from all around the world who have impacted hundreds of lives by running over 100 community workshops and events, including art, cooking, English, community cafés, language exchanges and more!

    We are also developing further initiatives in the community and have already installed 2 smokeless stoves, to prevent the inhalation of fumes while cooking which causes serious health problems for local people.



    Volunteers contribute 8 hours a week towards delivering community activities and contribute $50 a month to cover their expenses. El Terreno's founder, Joshua Holmes, offers his time without charge to enable these activities to function.

    However, in order to deliver our programmes we need the support of people like you to cover the costs of the materials necessary to deliver the activities for the community. Here's how far your money could go:

    $10 - Materials for One Workshop

    $30 - Ingredients/Materials for a Cooking Workshop, Community Café or Event

    $100 - Materials for all Workshops for a Month

    $200 - Material Costs for a Smokeless Stove



    So please donate today, share with your network and follow what we do, so we can continue improving the future for rural communities in the Ecuadorian Andes of Guaranda. ¡Cultural Exchange for Collective Change!


    If you're unable to donate at this time or want to support us in other ways, you can help us in the following ways:

    > Volunteer or intern with us

    > Share opportunities and networks with us

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