Hogar de Cristo not only has a presence in the city of Guayaquil.
Throughout our history we have worked to expand our services and message to the whole Ecuadorian coast in order to be closer to the neediest families.
This effort is also an effective way of decentralizing resources, opportunities and decisions, breaking the logic of centralization of resources in large cities.
We want to be facilitators of the search to improve the quality of life in both urban and rural areas.
Our mission should be extended to all poor areas of the country. We present to you the location map of our actions along the Ecuadorian coast:
In June 1999, Brother Robert contacted the Bishop of Babahoyo, Jesus Ramon of Ezquerecocha, so that Hogar de Cristo could begin to attend to the area’s neediest families. Thanks to the Bishop’s efforts, Brother Robert was put in contact with the Mayor of Babahoyo, Julio Bacilio Touma, who donated the land where to install our offices. We began work on July 18, 1999 on Humberto Campi Street, between Levee and Garcia Moreno formerly known as the slaughterhouse. Following the El Niño phenomenon that affected the entire province of Los Ríos, we responded rapidly, donating hundreds of cane and wood homes that measured 6 x 6 meters.
We have become quite well-known throughout the Los Ríos province, coordinating with the Diocese, Parish Church Offices, Municipalities and urban and rural parish leaders with non-governmental and governmental organizations, and private institutions.
We are 13 employees ready to serve the needy in the process of housing and micro credit in Babahoyo.
We have been in Daule since May 30, 2000. The Decentralized Process facility was inaugurated on the premises of the Vicaria de Duale, near Salitre Cooperative Limited, in which we operate to this day, thanks to a bailment agreement that the Minister of Daule Bishop Helmut Nagorziansky and the General Director of Hogar de Cristo.
Since then we have attended more than 8,000 families in Duale and neighboring areas, with respect to housing, and through Micro credit have attended 3,000 more members of the same sectors.
Currently, 13 employees work in Daule.
We came to Esmeraldas in November 1998, inaugurating the second production plant in the country with the support of the Bishop of Esmeraldas, Bishop Arellano and thanks to Petroecuador, a company that has worked in unity with the poorest of the Green Province, we were credited a loan for the land our offices occupy today.
Since then we have managed to help 12,000 families in the province. A project to improve living conditions in Rio Teaone sector in 2008 allowed us to start the Communal Banking experience in this sector.
In our Cathedral offices we attend to sales and portfolios. On the road to the Refinery plant is located the plant where semi-finished pieces are produced to be sent to Guayaquil for the production of wooden houses and cane. We currently have sixty-four employees in this sector, happy to participate in this beautiful work.
We arrived at the peninsula of Santa Elena on November 8, 1999, thanks to the efforts of Father Mariano Serrano Merchan. We have delivered homes to in 3 counties: Santa Elena, Libertad and Salinas.
In 2002 we began the process of creating our Popular Economy and Development area of work. We currently have over 2,000 members working in Housing and 1,800 members in Communal Banking, which is made possible by a team of 13 highly skilled employees who identify deeply with the poor and the institution.
On June 5, 1999 the Machala office was created to serve this city, it’s services stretching to the Passage, Santa Rosa (where we have an agency), Guabo (where we also have an agency) and Tenguel districts, promoting and encouraging a healthy habitat for poor, excluded and vulnerable in that society, now reaching 2,353 families. On November 2, 2009, we began a new stage since we had moved into our new headquarters on larger premises to more conveniently and efficiently serve our members. We are a team of 7 Talents with great efforts committed to improving the quality of life of people with whom we work.
Work started in October 1997 thanks to the congregation of Portoviejo, which was represented at that time by Archbishop José Mario de Jesús Ruiz Navas. We utilize the same production and management patterns used at the Guayaquil plan in the Portoviejo plant.
Currently the plant operates with two warehouses: one where the machines and framework used to make houses are found and the other for storage of raw materials, and Sales and Portfolio administrative offices. In June 2008, at the request of current Archbishop of Portoviejo Monsignor Voltolini, our Corporation took over the administration of the plant and offices in Portoviejo, Manta, Chone and Jipijapa, positioning itself as a benchmark for the quality of life for families in high situations of poverty and vulnerability.
We started in Quevedo on November 23, 2001 and the first 12 houses came a January 31, 2002. Soon we had a presence in other districts such as Valencia, Good Faith and Mocache, and began manufacturing homes in a workshop at the Cooperative February 20 next to the church Beata Mercedes de Jesus Molina and provided housing in Quevedo at that time in the following sectors: 20 de Febrero, Pantano, Venus, Pital, Baldr Mina, Playa Grande, Desquite, Santa Rosa, 15 de Noviembre, San Camilo, and Nuevo Amanecer.
Thanks to P. Martin Areta, we became independent from Babahoyo in 2003 and asked the Basque Government to aid us in the construction of a plant and offices in Quevedo. This occurred in 2005 but only two years later, we approved the project and now have the new production plant and offices, where our members are very well attended.
Hogar de Cristo’s influence stretches along the country from north to south and has a length of more than 900 kms. and a width of approximately 300 kms. Some of the most important cities in Ecuador are: Guayaquil, Esmeraldas, Machala, Portoviejo and Manta, among others.
This region presents a wide variety of landscapes, ecosystems and resources but shares certain structures that reproduce the conditions of inequality that affect the entire country, indicating high levels of poverty, vulnerability, illiteracy and absence of basic services. It is also a geographic area particularly prone to climatic disasters, especially floods, like the fruit of the abundant floods that characterize this zone of the country.