Ecuador’s often stunning scenery stands in stark contrast to the physical, emotional, and spiritual landscape of many homes in Ecuador. Although urban centers are more characterized by wealth, poverty is still rampant, especially among rural, indigenous people groups. Children often live in unimaginable conditions and are at high risk for physical and sexual abuse. For some, one or both of their parents are in jail for drug trafficking or other crimes. It is in this context that Word & Deed partners with Mision San Lucas in Quininde, a town of around 90,000 people in the tropical region of Ecuador and with CRETE in Quito, the capital city of Ecuador.