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! 

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A delicious and healthy vegetarian dish that the SALEM kids love! Croquetas de zanahoria (Carrot Croquets) Ingredients (for 8 people): 2/3 cup corn flour 2/3 cup breadcrumbs 4 carrots 2 eggs ½ pepper 1 red onion 1 leek 1 clove of garlic 1 tbsp mustard 1 tbsp cumin ½ handful of cilantro salt and pepper…

Easy and tasty, this salad is colorful and dresses up any dish. Ensalada de remolacha (Beet Salad) Ingredients (for 5 people): 3 beetroots 2 carrots 3 eggs 3 spoons of mayonnaise Preparation: Wash and peel beets and carrots. Quarter them and boil for about 15 minutes. In a separate pot, cook the eggs until they…

Interview with Paula Patiño, Beneficiary of the Family Garden Initiative Paula Patiño, a native of the Mindo community, and her family are beneficiaries of SALEM Ecuador’s Family Garden Initiative. She and her extended family agreed that between their 4 households they could plant a garden that provides a big part of their family’s food requirement….

Starting Over at SALEM Center The SALEM Center is back in action! On Monday, September 7 2020 the SALEM Ecuador team welcomed the first children back into the educational and recreational spaces at the SALEM Center in Mindo, Ecuador. SALEM serves children that need educational reinforcement, emotional support, a hot meal and a safe place…

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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