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Welcome to the Camp Hope Foundation

Mission:

To provide with excellence and Christian love services in health, habilitation, rehabilitation, special education, recreation, work and spiritual discipleship for children, adolescents, young people and adults with a severe disability, with few economic resources, orphans and abandoned in order for them to achieve independence and integration within society.

Vision:

Our Foundation has Pilot Programs developed adequately, with enough staff and a solid economic stability.

Objective:

To contribute to the comprehensive development of children, adolescents, young people and adults with a severe and moderate disability, involving the community and their families in the process

History:

A group of missionaries from HCJV (Christian radio), realizing about the situation of people with disabilities in Ecuador, decide to organize holiday camps where people can have fun, learn about the Gospel. In this way, in 1983, one week of camp is done. Despite most staff´s previous experience was in working with children with disabilities, each of the members had an intensive orientation workshop that lasted two days, which focused the objectives of the program and taught them about the especial needs in children.

The first pilot camp was made with 17 children between 6 and 16 years old, who suffered from all kind of disabilities, including muscular dystrophy, blindness and cerebral palsy. The objective of the camp was to frame, both the physical as well as the spiritual side of the children through experiences that promoted physical, emotional and spiritual growth.

The program included swimming, handicrafts, sports, bible stories, chants and personal interaction time in small and big groups. The activities were adjusted individually to each child so that everyone, despite their impediment, could participate.