The 2003 graduating class of the American School donated two CAEMBA houses

On Friday, August 28, 2020, it was a day of joy and excitement in the Atacames canton, thanks to a generous donation from the 2003 graduating class of the Colegio Americano de Quito. The beneficiaries received two new bamboo houses in the Súa parish and in the Nueva Esperanza ‘La Trece’ neighborhood of Atacames.

In Súa, the family of Humberto Ríos, 66 years old, received a bamboo house on the afternoon of that same day. In Nueva Esperanza, the beneficiary was Carmen Robles, 47 years old, and responsible for two children. Both families collaborated in the construction of the houses and were attentive to the progress of the work. At the end of the afternoon, the families received the houses from the Raíz Ecuador Foundation and its CAEMBA project.

The families were very happy to receive their new houses as they had previously lived in very precarious conditions. In the case of Mr. Humberto Ríos, a diabetic, he had lost his house in Súa in the 2016 earthquake and until now, he did not have a house adapted to his needs. Mrs. Carmen Robles also did not have a suitable home before the intervention of CAEMBA.

CAEMBA returns with strength

CAEMBA’s construction projects were halted for nearly five months during the health emergency. During this period, the Raíz Ecuador Foundation responded by distributing the equivalent of 10 trailers full of food. They also provided medicines, supplies, 211 oxygen tanks in the Coast and the Amazon, as well as 2,900 Covid-19 detection tests.

As such, after a forced pause, the main project, Bamboo Emergency Houses (CAEMBA), resumes its work. Therefore, we call upon those individuals and companies who wish to be goodwill ambassadors, donors, or volunteers to join CAEMBA in returning with strength to work in neighborhoods, hamlets, and towns forgotten by the sole objective that drives us: the eradication of precarious housing in Ecuador.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Statement

Fundación Raíz is dedicated to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), working with indigenous, Afro-Ecuadorian, Montubio, and Mestizo groups across Ecuador.

Our projects support various communities: Sionas, Siekopai, Kofan, Chachi, Kechwa, Waorani and Shuar, covering six linguistic families.

Our CAEMBA housing initiative focuses on the Afro-Ecuadorian and Montubio populations in Esmeraldas, addressing challenges of poverty and high crime rates. We commit to equitable treatment, opportunities for all, and the elimination of barriers to participation.

By valuing every voice and fostering community resilience, we aim to create a more inclusive, equitable society.

Our leadership is committed to DEI principles, ensuring our efforts reflect the diversity of the communities we serve and contribute to sustainable development and social justice.


Fundación Raíz está dedicada a la diversidad, equidad e inclusión (DEI), trabajando con grupos indígenas, afroecuatorianos, montubios y mestizos en todo Ecuador.

Nuestros proyectos apoyan a varias comunidades, Sionas, Siekopai, Kofan, Chachi, Kechwa, Waorani y Shuar, cubriendo seis familias lingüísticas. Nuestra iniciativa de vivienda CAEMBA se centra en las poblaciones afroecuatorianas y montubias en Esmeraldas, abordando desafíos de pobreza y altas tasas de criminalidad.

Nos comprometemos a un trato equitativo, oportunidades para todos y la eliminación de barreras para la participación. Valorando cada voz y fomentando la resiliencia comunitaria, aspiramos a crear una sociedad más inclusiva y equitativa.

Nuestro liderazgo está comprometido con los principios de DEI, asegurando que nuestros esfuerzos reflejen la diversidad de las comunidades que servimos y contribuyan al desarrollo sostenible y la justicia social.