Children's, Youth &
Community Center

Welcome

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

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…

Photo captured before the pandemic Edwin and Silvana are pedagogic guides at SALEM Ecuador. They tell us about why it is important to teach children and teens about self-love. Love is an important value from which respect, empathy, and solidarity grow. For Edwin, having self-love is something necessary for one’s wellbeing, “I teach my kids…

A typical Ecuadorian potato stew served with boiled eggs and avocado. Recipe: Locro de Papa Ingredients (for 10 people): 250 g of cheese (feta cheese) 10 potatoes 5 cloves of garlic 1⁄2 red onion 1⁄2 green bell bell pepper 1 leek 2 carrots 1 handful of fresh leaf coriander (cilantro) 3 avocados 5 eggs 1⁄2…

Typical Ecuadorian basic dish with rice. Recipe: Menestra de lentejas Ingredients (serves 10): 500 g lentils ½ bell bell pepper 3 cloves of garlic 1 onion 1 plantain 1 spoon butter 1 pinch of cumin ½ handful of coriander (cilandro) leaves Salt (to taste) Preparation: The lentils are soaked in water overnight. The next day,…

In an interview, Jonas Lange, the project manager of SALEM International in Mindo, Ecuador, tells us how the Corona pandemic has affected the children and youth center. How has the virus changed SALEM? From March to mid-September, the center could not take care of any children or adolescents due to Corona but since September, thanks…

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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