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

Recipe: Mayonesa de hierbitas (Herb Mayonnaise) Ingredients (for 5 people): 2 eggs 1 teaspoon mustard 1 cup vegetable oil a few drops of lime juice 2 pinches of salt 1 handful of fresh cilantro Preparation: Wash and chop the cilantro. Then mix all the ingredients (eggs, mustard, oil, lime juice, salt, chopped coriander leaves) well…

Recipe: Molido (Mashed Plantains) Ingredients (for 5 people): 5 plantains (approx. one plantain for each person) ½ leek 1 onion 2 cloves of garlic 2 tablespoons of butter 1 pinch of salt fresh cilantro (depending on taste) Preparation: Wash and peel the plantains and roughly cut them into pieces. Then the plantains are cooked for…

Meet Johana


Johana Orozco first encountered the SALEM center in Mindo at the age of 8 when she’d walk by, watching how the children played. Home wasn’t a place where she wanted to spend much time. She wanted to play, and laugh and learn, so she went in. At SALEM, Johana experienced a tranquil place where kids…

Johana Orozco and Paola Rey have been walking the neighborhoods of Mindo for the last few weeks collecting short interviews and conversations with residents to learn more about the community. The data collected from over 60 households will be extremely useful for SALEM Ecuador. Thanks to Johanna and Paola’s research, we will have a better…

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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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