Casa Victoria is a registered non-profit foundation located in San Roque, Old Town, in Quito Ecuador. Volunteers care for children ages 5 to 13 years old from low-income families in the neighborhood. We also offer community-oriented events, such as yard sales, classes, and family events so that more members of the community can participate.
During the school year, children from San Roque come to Casa Victoria in the afternoons from Monday to Thursday. We offer multiple stations for them: homework, computer, library, family and games.
In the homework station:
Kids do their homework under the guidance of a coordinator. Casa Victoria gives them the tools and materials they need, like Internet research and print-outs.
In the computers station:
Kids learn how to use a computer, operate the keyboard and use educational programs that help us in math and other subjects.
In the library station:
Kids have access to over a thousand books to read during our time at the station. They also have the chance to take books home and return them. Their time in the library helps them to improve reading habits as they develop their level of understanding.
In the family station:
They learn Christian principles and values. They learn about Jesus, to read the Bible, to forgive, to tell the truth, and to love our neighbor.
In the games station:
They learn how to better manage their play time. They create puppet shows, make crafts, and play a lot of soccer and other sports.
Kids also have the opportunity to be volunteer assistants in any of the stations, where they learn the responsibility of being leaders and serving others.
One hot meal everyday:
In the afternoon before they leave, the children receive a very nutritious meal that Mamalicia prepares with love and sacrifice. They love the food!
In July, Casa Victoria hosts a half-day camp for children in San Roque. For $20, kids come for 5 hours daily during two weeks, for games, excursions, adventures and lessons. They also get a healthy hot lunch before they leave.
Summer is an excellent time for enrichment activities that many San Roque kids would not otherwise be able to do. Thanks to the generous offerings of museums, parks, and farms, the children have been able to experience all kinds of fun!
A few camp highlights include: baking classes; horseback riding; trout fishing; science museums; and going to the movies!