About Ecuador

Mitad del Mundo, a monument marking the equator in Quito

Ecuador is a nation richly diverse in landscape and culture which borders the Pacific Ocean at the equator in northwestern South America.

Ecuadorian Culture
Ecuador is very culturally diverse, with 65% of the popluation being Mestizo (mixed Amerindian and white), 25% Amerindian, 7% Spanish and others, and 3% black.

About 95% of the Ecuadorian population is Roman Catholic.

The region near Quito has many valleys, foothills and mountains.

The Ecuadorian economy relies heavily on agricultural products such as bananas, coffee, cocoa, rice, potatoes, manioc (tapioca), plantains, sugarcane, cattle, sheep, pigs, beef, pork, dairy products, fish, shrimp and balsa wood, and industries like petroleum, food processing, textiles, wood products, and chemicals. Almost 30% of the Ecuadorian population live below the poverty line.

In many parts of Ecuador, children are forced to work as domestic servants, street vendors, and beggars and some are forced to engage in criminal activity, such as drug trafficking and robbery, making the safety and care of these children and the work at Houses of Happiness more vital than ever.

Quito
Quito, the largest city close to the Happiness Foundation, is the capital city of Ecuador. Quito is a city of about 1.8 million people and was the first city in the world to be named a World Heritage Site.

A colorful market in Quito

*Information about Ecuador courtesy of The World Factbook.

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