We are a pluralistic and non-profit non-governmental institution, run by the Society of Jesus, that started in the early 70’s with the intention of ensuring adequate housing for the poorest of the Ecuadorian coast.
We are a team of collaborators and coworkers, but we are also volunteers who extend our work to being present in the lives of those people who, in one way or another, unite with our actions for the benefit of people in poverty, vulnerability and exclusion.
Now, thirty-nine years later, we have become one of the best known and highly credible non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the country devoted entirely to the promotion of local human development, facilitating processes and initiatives in social housing and habitat , micro credit, popular solidarity economy, health, education, principles and values, technical training and craft, food security and domestic violence prevention.
Like any other social organization, the process of growth and expansion of coverage experienced by Hogar de Cristo has not been without difficulties, mistakes, successes and gambles. Over time we, prudently yet boldly, have broken paradigms and implemented our own innovation to build a sustainable and reliable social institution.
We also had to be alert to what happens in the environment, adapting to new contexts and adding a variety of actors around an ideal or collective dream. We dream of creating a platform for local human development that would ensure the real implementation of rights, particularly economic, social, cultural and environmental, the participation in decision making and the promotion of active citizenship.