Ecuador is a beautiful and diverse country in the northwestern part of South America along the Andes Mountains. It is a democratic republic and a developing country dependent on its commodities such as petroleum and agricultural products. Spanish is the official language and is spoken by the majority of the population, though 13 Amerindian languages are also spoken, including Quichua and Shuar. Poverty, oppression and lack of education continue to be significant issues in this third world country. These factors place women, especially those who are single mothers, at risk for being pulled into the sex industry. An additional factor is that prostitution is legal in Ecuador at the age of 18. The average age for entering prostitution is 15. Ecuador is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to trafficking in persons, specifically forced prostitution and forced labor. The majority of trafficking victims are believed to be women and children trafficked within the country from border and central-highland areas to urban centers for commercial sexual exploitation, as well as for involuntary domestic servitude, forced begging, and forced labor in mines and other hazardous work. End Slavery Ministries Ecuador offers hope, freedom and future through relational ministry, intentionally and respectfully, helping youth and families at risk experience the transforming power of life in Jesus Christ, impacting at all levels to decrease modern day slavery, poverty and oppression. Through the unique expression of ESME's ministries, we provide hope, purpose and freedom specifically to women and their children who have been rescued from the sex trade and/or vulnerable situations so they can experience emotional, physical and spiritual healing and discover their value and purpose as daughters of the King. Our vision is to walk the journey of “long and deep” with each young woman. Healing and being equipped for future success takes time and hard work. The four ministries of ESME are Casa Adalia (next step holistic training home), EsperanzArt (vocational workshop to provide professional and life skills development for young women who have escaped vulnerable situations), Caminos de Libertad (non-residential program with same mission as Casa Adalia), and Amadas (outreach to women working in Prostitution). The person in this position would work in collaboration with the Casa Adalia house mom and program coordinator, providing continuity by orientating and providing structure for tasks related to helping the home to run smoothly. Examples: tracking individual schedules of the women including education, medical appointments, and use of internet, creating a chore schedule, help organize extra activities and celebrations, and ensure maintenance of the home.
- Proficient in Spanish - Enjoys planning and setting schedules and tasks - Can creatively come up with ideas for activities to encourage growth in different areas - Able to effectively assist in the running of the home which is multi-cultural and utilizes a number of staff members with different gifts and abilities - Understands the vulnerability of the women in our care and keeps strict confidence of their stories except for sharing with the Director and staff as needed - Flexible and able to adapt when plans change - Has effective organizational skills: best use of time and resources - Is a good team player who works well with people of different ages, backgrounds, and cultures - Minimum of one year working in a role requiring strong organization skills (such as Administrative Assistant), and preferably with women at risk.