Queen Sofia of Spain arrived last night in Ecuador – a country considered “priority” for Spanish aid projects – to visit various development programs, in addition to meet with President Rafael Correa.
The queen will begin her activities on Thursday with a visit to Father Joe Carollo Hospital “A Song to Life”, located south of Quito, the poorest area of the city in which neonatology and pediatrics areas are being build, all of these with the assistance of the Queen Sofia Foundation and the Catholic organization Manos Unidas. It is expected that new areas will give attention to more than 2,500 people, especially young mothers and their children.
Subsequently she will go to the Municipal Workshop School of Quito, where about 130 young low-income people between 16 and 22 learn carpentry, stone carving, painting, gold leaf, metal, and electricity.
On Thursday the Queen will have lunch with the president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, at Palacio de Carondelet. That day in the afternoon she will meet with the Spanish colony in the Residence of the Ambassador of Spain.
On Friday, the Queen will travel to Cusubamba, an Andean town south of Quito, wheres he will visit a food security project of the Spanish NGO “Action Aid.” Queen Sofia will take the flight back to Spain on Friday afternoon local time.