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

Meet Sulema


For Sulema Lita, music is the key to connecting with the children in her care. She uses music to learn and teach. For her, being creative is a fantastic thing and she says that “when you ask for what you want and it is something positive for everyone, it appears!”  We are blessed to have…

SALEM Ecuador’s initiative to support children in the process of digital education arises from a very real need due to the high rate of technological illiteracy in rural areas like ours. We have been dealing with virtual education for all children in Ecuador for over a year. The commitment parents have to support their children…

Because the school year here ends in February, March and April are the months when the kids in Mindo and the rest of the coastal regimen of Ecuador have their long vacation.  As in the previous year, SALEM counts on the willingness to cooperate in Mindo, so that we can offer the children and young…

Did you know that chayote has a great energetic value and we can grow it in Mindo?  The participants of the “Cooking with Chayote” workshop slowly arrived at SALEM. They were shy, but at the same time eager to start learning. To start the long awaited workshop we formed a circle while social distancing. Jonas…



As we do every year during our children’s school vacations, we plan and discuss our work, the most urgent needs we have and possible solutions. We had a difficult year, but we have always been known for working as a team and that is why for us at SALEM it is important to share our…

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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