To combat the growing drug consumption in Tonchigue province of Esmeraldas, CAEMBA started a program to support the community’s basketball team.

Five talented athletes from our program, from the Tonchigüe Parish, have been selected to represent Ecuador in the UIAMA World Kickboxing Tournament in Argentina. Your support will help us meet these goals and continue building a promising future for our youth!

Our goal was $10,000 and we achieved it!
Thanks to all the wonderful people who supported this project.

Tonchigüe Parish, like other areas of Esmeraldas, has faced socioeconomic challenges and lack of opportunities, which has led to vulnerability to the influence of criminal groups. Fundación Raíz Ecuador has worked to change this reality through the Deportes Por La Vida program, offering positive alternatives to hundreds of young people and building safe sports infrastructures. Five of our talented athletes have been selected to represent Ecuador in the UIAMA World Kickboxing Tournament in Argentina.

Participation in this tournament not only seeks sporting success, but also serves as a positive role model for the youth of our community, providing achievable goals and diverting attention from negative influences. This will contribute to social development and general well-being.

We are looking for:

  • Achieve outstanding participation in the world tournament.
  • Obtain world titles that inspire the community.
  • Generate a positive impact on society.
  • Integrate new models of success in sports teaching.
  • Promote the message that dreams are attainable.
  • Expand participation in the Sports for Life program of Fundación Raíz Ecuador.


Drug use became very common in Tonchigue a few years ago. The Parish Council no longer had funds to pay the salary of the coach of the local basketball team, and so we decided to support the team by paying the salary. Children and young people continue training and stay healthy and drug-free.


The practice of basketball also integrates social work, so that children help pick up trash, care for the elderly and receive educational support after training.

CAEMBA recognizes that the disciplined practice of sport in our coastal towns is one of the most effective and wonderful ways to motivate youth to give up drugs, a problem that in recent years has strongly affected the towns of the Ecuadorian coast. 

CAEMBA wants to help the Tonchigüe Parish Council, so that the team can grow and expand practices and training to other communities. Presently about 100 kids attend basketball practice every day.

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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.