The Fund serves a very limited number of students who have demonstrated excellence in their academic work and qualities of character that will enable them to lead and serve others. Our students have all studied at the Working Boys’ Center, a Jesuit mission to the poor in Quito, Ecuador. They were all students in classes taught by one or more of the directors of the Fund. So, we have had the opportunity to observe and work with them for at least a year prior to their entry into our program of support. Thus we know the students and their families well.
Ecuador is a country of 12 million people on the west coast of South America. Its capital city Quito is 9000 feet high in the Andes and has a population of 3 million people. The average income is $3600 annually.