Ninety three years ago, Juan Bautista Arzube Cordero founded the first Childcare Society Foster Home in Ecuador, with the purpose of serving low-income children who were not being care because the time their parents had to spend at their jobs.
After living in France, Arzube returned home and realize that Ecuador lacked of institutions with full support service to poor children. That is why, after several years of work and with the donations of illustrious benefactor citizens from Guayaquil that not only helped with material assets but also with their time and willingness, this foster home became the first nursery institution in Guayaquil city.
Luis Alfredo Noboa Bejarano, current President of this Society, told us the story of this Foster Home and its work after nine decades. This company serves Ecuadorian children, it has become a model of efficiency in children’s care, giving them shelter, protection, food, health and education.
“Juan B. Arzube Cordero’s Foster Home” has also lived special stories and isolated cases where they suddenly found that they had to raise abandoned children, and then give them up for adoption. In 2008, while José Baquerizo Maldonado was in charge of this institution, “Juan B. Arzube Cordero’s Foster Home” opened a school named “Teodoro Maldonado” (in memory of the second president of this society), which has few students, but with a high academic level, with computer and English labs.
Throughout its history since its inception, “Juan B. Arzube Cordero’s Foster Home” has been funded by the charity of Guayaquil citizen’s benefactors; they have never received government aid. This Childcare Society has maintained itself by its own resources and the contributions of its active members of society.