The «Dreams in Bamboo» campaign is being reactivated at CAEMBA

The «Dreams in Bamboo» campaign has been ongoing since the Casitas Emergentes de Bambú (CAEMBA) project began working in Esmeraldas and Manabí after the April 2016 earthquake. The goal, once the phase of confinement due to the Covid-19 pandemic is overcome, is to reactivate this campaign. It has been primarily focused on having graduating classes from the Colegio Americano de Quito raise funds.

«Dreams in Bamboo» aims to raise funds to continue building bamboo houses and contribute to eradicating precarious housing in Ecuador. Through fundraising campaigns collecting amounts of $20, $30, or $50 per person, enough is gathered for the two types of houses currently constructed by CAEMBA. The first is the basic house, priced at $3,200 (without a private bathroom), and the second includes a bathroom, valued at $4,100.

The Colegio Americano de Quito, a fundamental actor

CAEMBA expresses gratitude to all the alumni classes of the Colegio Americano de Quito that have contributed to the «Dreams in Bamboo» campaign:

1958, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, and 2005.

We also extend our gratitude to the ongoing support from the student council and CAS groups. Additionally, to the current sixth grade (class of 2025).

The History of CAEMBA

CAEMBA emerged in the aftermath of the April 2016 earthquake in Ecuador, which primarily affected the provinces of Manabí and Esmeraldas. Thousands of rural and urban families were left homeless due to the impact of this natural disaster. Many people were forced to seek shelter from the rain, the cold night weather, insects, and other threats.

The response from the Raíz Foundation and its CAEMBA project was immediate. Prefabricated bamboo structures with lightweight and affordable roofs were constructed to provide shelter that reflected the sun’s heat. Thus, the concept of the CAEMBA project -Casitas Emergentes de Bambú- was born.

Subsequently, the goal expanded to the eradication of precarious housing in Ecuador. To date, we have positively impacted 5,730 people.

Scroll to Top

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.