The IMPACT OF Our SUMMER PROGRAM
Since it was founded in 2004, The Quito Project has striven to identify and alleviate conditions perpetuating social inequalities within Quito, Ecuador. Our program initially began as a public health initiative seeking to provide more inclusive access to medical care to marginalized populations in San Martin and has evolved with the needs expressed to us by community members to focus on promoting primary education among the most socioeconomically disadvantaged students of North Quito.
In recent years, we have strengthened our program by collaborating with local university students, at La Universidad de San Francisco Quito, to enhance our project’s sustainability and presence within Quito and to promote conversations about education equity across social divisions. At the heart of our program, we are deeply committed to building meaningful community partnerships and promoting social justice for the diverse communities of Quito, all while enabling students to develop as global citizens.
- We have expanded our organization by partnering with the University of Michigan Library to host annual workshops that cover the topics of effective ESL practices, respectful intercultural engagement practices, and how to avoid the pitfalls of "voluntourist" behaviors. Resulting in not only an improvement in the quality of our summer program but has also positively impacted and improved the quality of all UM volunteer/teach abroad students and groups that attend to be positive global partners and leaders.
- Partnered with local dental offices to provide all of our students with, toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, and other items to promote good oral health and to continue our mission of teaching our students to be healthy both physically and mentally.
- Collaborated with the local Ann Arbor community by hosting annual school supply donation drives at Bach Elementary, Scarlett Middle School, and various academic departments on the University of Michigan campus. These drives have provided our students with enough supplies to run our summer program and provide our students with the tools they need to achieve academic success without letting financial obstacles stand in their way of education.
Moving forward, we will to continue providing our students with a summer program that encourages their academic success and provides them with the support to continue onto higher education. We also are working towards providing a library for our students which will boost their academic performance and literacy comprehension in both Spanish and English. Finally, we hope to continue educating the University of Michigan community on how to be positive global leaders, learn more about Ecuadorian culture, and encourage other students to be catalysts for change through education for other low-resource zones across the globe.