Among its many child advocacy services, Compassion International maintains Child Survival Centers around the world, including the El Faro Child Survival Program (CSP) in southern Ecuador. The El Faro CSP serves the rural community of Las Lagunas, where Compassion International reports that unemployment and poverty are common. The organization also found that the agricultural community lacks proper sanitation and access to medical knowledge, which has resulted in malnutrition, disease, and infection.
To promote children’s health and future well-being, the El Faro CSP offers life-saving services to mothers and children in Las Lagunas. Medical services include prenatal care, immunizations, and nutritional counseling. Along with medical services, the El Faro CSP provides literacy and vocational training.