Spirit of Wellness is a 501 c (3) non-profit recognized in the United States with the mission of helping to increase available opportunities in rural communities.
We are currently working in Santa Elena Province located on the north coast of Ecuador.
It is our belief that while everyone has dreams, not everyone has access to resources necessary to transform those dreams into successful realities.
Our goal is to collaborate and/or partner with organizations supported by local communities as they continue to improve areas aligned with the Spirit of Wellness mission.
30,000 people, consisting of 80% indigenous groups,
live in the Manglarato Paroquia where Spirit of Wellness operates.
40% attend high school, 9% attend higher education.
23% of 5-year-olds suffer from malnutrition.
96.5% of homes do not have internet connection.
Rural inhabitants do not have access to clean drinking water.
Spirit of Wellness office interior Olón, Ecuador
The community of Olón has an overwhelming desire to develop programs designed to brighten the future, but the reality is, they can't do it alone.
With support, their community members can achieve higher levels of nutrition, education, and health while building the infrastructure necessary to promote personal growth that leads directly to future success.
Spirit of Wellness does not seek to replace current efforts or programs. Our desire is to collaborate and partner with the established community organizations to provide support where there may be unaddressed needs or lack of resources.
Our primary areas of focus are:
•Nutritional and Health Education
•Language Education for Entrepreneurs
•Business Training for Young Adults
•Leadership and Mentorship Programs
•Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) Education
In January 2023, the Olón Foodbank increased it’s roster of families by 42%, providing each family a variety of nutritious staple foods and hygiene items during each food distribution.
January 2022: 21 families
January 2023: 30 families
In July 2022, the weekly Olón Senior Luncheon Program celebrated the service of it’s 10,000th hot lunch meal.
Every small business owner and his/her employees are eligible to participate in the FREE English language classes conducted by a licensed language educator.
100% of the Leadership Academy’s first class of 17 small business owners from the community of San José completed the course, learned actionable marketing concepts and received funds to implement their ideas.
Individual community members received one-time assistance to ensure their special health needs were met. For example:
· A seven-year old child with Cerebral Palsy was provided with a wheelchair enabling her to participate in school activities.
· A mother and son who suffered 3rd degree burns were provided with medication to speed the healing process.
· A two-year old child was provided with an arm splint to ensure her broken bone healed properly.
· A community library where children have access to books, learning material and internet service has been established in the center of Olón.
· The elementary school in Curiá received a donation of 4 laptop computers enabling the children to learn computing skills with functioning equipment.
· The high school in Olón received a donation of household furniture, appliances and kitchen equipment to furnish their hospitality program.
Four complete restrooms and hygiene stations were constructed at the Little Stars of Knowledge Learning Academy in San Pedro serving 42 primary learners, their parents, teachers and staff members.
The inaugural group of 4 interns successfully completed the first phase of their internship course progressing from training to leadership roles in the operation of the community foodbank.
Each of the 70 families that applied to receive nutritional support via the Olón Foodbank received an in-home visit by the Spirit of Wellness outreach team to assess their living conditions and learn of their support needs.
English Language Course for Entrepreneurs
Olón Internship Program