Since 2006 Ecuador has – after decades of political and civil unrest – managed to maintain relative political stability. Despite this, poor economic growth and instability have crippled Ecuador’s capacity to reduce poverty.
It is estimated that around 70% of households in Ecuador have access to clean drinking water, mostly in urban areas. Even so, at least half of these households experience ongoing problems with the interruption of water supply. People in some rural areas have no access to clean water at all and has to be driven in by water tankers. Just 5% of wastewater is treated and only 48% of households have sewer systems, again, mostly in the urban areas.
So far, Just a Drop has focussed its work in Ecuador on areas of the country that are most affected by the lack of good water and sanitation services and where people are most vulnerable to the inherent health risks this incurs. To date, we and our partners have provided water and sanitation to over 1,400 people from the Cofan and Ashua people groups – two of the oldest surviving indigenous cultures of the Amazonian rain forest.