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Nearly a billion people Entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names - 2/3 of them are women

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If all children in low-income countries learned basic reading skills, 171 Million people could be lifted from poverty

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A child born to a literate woman is twice as likely to survive past the
age of 5


2018 Data for Ecuador at large

  • 34,550 illiterate youths

  • 58.9% illiterate female adults

  • 11.1% of students drop-out of primary education

  • 50% females drop out after primary Education

Manna Project’s RESPONSE

  • Adult English

  • Children’s English

  • Children’s Art

  • Library and Community Center

  • Public School Partnerships

  • Homework help

  • Kids Programming


  • Due to rapid economic development in recent years at our current site and Ecuador at large, MPI’s long-term partner communities have fortunately changed from highly underserved residents to mostly moderately served residents. We are adapting our programs and locations to proactively benefit the highly underserved. 

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Ecuador Education Programs

"Speaking English opens up so many opportunities - jobs, travel, schools - that would not be possible without it."

- Polo
Ecuador Program Participant 

"The Convention on the Rights of the Child is clear: Education is the foundation of a free and fulfilled life."

The State of the World's Children