Thirty-seven years ago while serving as a missionary in Otavalo, Ecuador, I had the distinct impression that a great missionary work was about to proceed among the Quechua-speaking natives living in the hills surrounding the town. However, when I met with the mission...
Ecuador population: 17,643,054 in 2022
GDP per capita (US$): $1,513 in 2020
Cost to Run Program for 1 Year: $6000
Nutritional Supplements Used:
- Cerelac (Multigrain Product)
- Peanut butter
- Powdered cow’s milk/full-fat soy flour
Fact from UNICEF / WHO / World Bank:
Child Stunting: 149.2 million
Stunting is the devastating result of poor nutrition in-utero and early childhood. Children suffering from stunting may never attain their full possible height and their brains may never develop to their full cognitive potential.
These children begin their lives at a marked disadvantage: they face learning difficulties in school,
earn less as adults, and face barriers to participation in their communities.
Globally, 149.2 million children under 5 suffered from stunting in 2020.
Maria Blanca Vasquez Maldonado
Maria Blanca Vasquez Maldonado was born in Otavalo-Ecuador on July 9, 1973. She served as a missionary in 1994 in the Guayaquil North Mission. She is married to Isauro Arellano Romero. She is the mother of 5 children: Sayni, Kevin, Ali, Michael, Mateo. She has been the coordinator of the Bountiful Children Foundation since 2007. She is currently working and providing help to the children of Otavalo and its surroundings. She has seen many blessings in her family and in the lives of the children she volunteers to serve.
Bountiful's Community Coordinators
Community coordinators serve with Bountiful as volunteers. They organize other local volunteers and together conduct screenings, train families, distribute locally-purchased supplements, and follow up on infant development.
Considering A Donation?
100% of your donation goes directly toward helping children in need! Overhead costs are covered by generous board member donations.
- $8 = feeds 1 child for a month
- $25 = feeds 3 children for a month
- $100 = feeds 1 child for a year
- $500 = feeds an average community for a month
- $6,000 = adopts a community of your choice for one year
Ecuador Gives Thanks (3-video slider)
Our mission is to provide nutritional supplementation to malnourished children and pregnant/nursing mothers as well as to teach health and cognitive development skills to families in the areas we serve.