Children's, Youth &
Community Center


SALEM Ecuador is a childrens, youth and community center located in the small town of Mindo, in the cloud forest on the western side of the Ecuadorian Andes.

Our center is a place where children can enjoy their childhood, learn, play, and be accepted as part of a loving community.

We care for the most underprivileged and at risk children and young people of the village. We offer them loving care and help to find solutions to their most urgent problems.

We are passionate about providing excellent child care, education and social services! 

News from SALEM Ecuador.

Stay up to date and learn about the traditions and activities of our beautiful community

The school year is over here in Mindo, Ecuador. At the SALEM Center, together with the girls, boys and teenagers, we have closed out the year with great success. The guides organized a warm farewell party. They planned a fun day for the boys and girls and their families with games that promote collaboration and…

  A big thank you to our SALEM friends who have been at our side this year. We could not have done this year’s projects without you. Our local volunteer team is vital to maintaining the Family Garden Initiative, they completely made the Food Aid Project possible and we are looking forward to collaborating on…

March in defense of women’s rights / Photo taken by: Eva Von Lehmann On Monday, March 8, 2021 the community of  Mindo marched for women’s rights. In upcoming days all of the children, teens and families at SALEM prepared posters to participate in the walk. SALEM has been working to break the vicious cycle of…

During the pandemic, SALEM Ecuador worked with families virtually. The engaging videos about diverse activities such as communal gardens, cooking recipes, music, and reasoning exercises served to strengthen family relationships. On September 7th, after preparing a biosafety protocol, we started working in person, due to the need to support the children and their educational necessities….

Yulissa and I came to SALEM when we were both 9 years old as complete strangers. As the years passed, we became inseparable friends. When we were kids, we went through hard times at home. SALEM helped us dream about higher goals and purposes; we learned to love all living beings, respect differing opinions, appreciate…

Let’s put peace into practice

 Peace is a path, not a state. It is something that we must constantly move towards. At SALEM Ecuador, we put peace into practice. We share with you our Christmas wish for peace: Women, children, and families living in violence-free homes. At this very moment we are developing an action plan for SALEM to give families…

The Family Garden Initiative

This past Sunday, SALEM Ecuador volunteers prepared and delivered hundreds of seedlings and sacks of compost to local families that participate in the SALEM Ecuador Family Garden Initiative. Jonas Lange, Director of SALEM Ecuador gets to the heart of the matter, “The garden is a therapeutic space. The Family Garden Initiative is a perfect opportunity…

SALEM Handmade – empowering women.

SALEM Handmade is a social enterprise start up. We are seeking angel investors who want to empower and enable women to create their own thriving social enterprise.

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