FAQ’s

What is Nuevos Amigos?
Nuevos Amigos Foundation is a private, non-profit entity registered in Ecuador that operates a fully-accredited private school for children ages 4 – 13. The school is called Rey Sabio Salomón (Wise King Solomon).

When did Nuevos Amigos begin?
Over ten years ago, missionaries Tom and Shirley Brinkley saw that young children were being abandoned at home, sometimes under lock and key, while parents went to work. They began to explore the idea of opening a daycare center for 2 – 4 year olds in coordination with their local church, Iglesia San Pablo Apostal. Today that center has grown into a private school.

What is the vision and mission of Nuevos Amigos?
Our vision is to see strong stable families and communities rooted in Christ Jesus committed to caring for children. Our mission is to strengthen children and families through educational projects that depend on the power of God in La Comuna, Quito, Ecuador.

Where is Nuevos Amigos?
The school sits high-up on the Andean mountain side of north-central Quito. The neighborhood is called La Comuna de Santa Clara de “San Millán”, commonly called La Comuna (the community).

Briefly describe the facility.
A two-story building with classrooms, office space, a kitchen and dining room make up the school. The grounds also include the church sanctuary, home for the property caretakers, and rooms for sunday school classes.

How many children/year do you serve?
Nuevos Amigos is committed to keeping class sizes small and instruction individualized so that our teachers can better attend to the learning and emotional needs of each child.

Please share a typical “day in the life” at Nuevos Amigos.
In Ecuador the school year runs from September through June. Children arrive at 7:30 each morning and line-up in “formación” as is typical in Latin American schools. Formación includes praise songs and prayer. On Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:45 – 8:30 a.m., bible classes are provided for the children and teachers by leaders from the church; Friday morning is chapel service. There is a half-hour break each day at 10:30 a.m. for recess and a snack. The school day ends when the bell rings at 1:45 p.m.

Can you describe a typical family in the community you serve?
Most families are not able to make sufficient income to meet more than basic needs, and often earn much less. Family violence and substance abuse are the main issues in the community. Sixty percent of father figures, as well as many mothers, consume alcohol in extreme levels. Homes are dysfunctional; 65% of children demonstrate signs of clinical anxiety.

CHILD SPONSORSHIP FAQs

How much does it cost to sponsor a child through Nuevos Amigos?
Sponsorship is $40/month and contributes to a portion of a child’s tuition. Scholarships cover the remainder of a child’s tuition costs. Donations can be made by check or online. All donations are tax-deductible.

What specific benefits does a child receive through sponsorship?
The sponsorship commitment underwrites a portion of the tuition costs for a child. Each child receives a fully-accredited education. Children also receive Bible training, computer, and English classes. Individual child and family counseling is a key service provided which supports the socio-emotional needs of the child and their family. Sponsors have the opportunity to develop a special friendship which can be a key in bringing the encouragement that a child needs to discover their individual gifts and gain the motivation needed to succeed in school.

How can I become a child sponsor?
You can become a sponsor by clicking here. You will commit to sponsor a child by setting up your annual, monthly or other recurring donation. Then email a short introduction about yourself and attach up to three digital photos. Not all of the children who are available for sponsorship will be on the website at the same time. If you would like information on other children, need help with letter writing ideas, or have other questions, please email us.

Can I write my sponsored child a letter?
Yes, you can write your sponsored child and send digital photos, as well. We use email and the internet to keep our costs to a minimum so that your donation is maximized for the child’s benefit. Your letter will be sent to a volunteer translator and then on to your sponsored child. In turn, you will receive letters from your child (and a translation) by return email. There is no limit to the number of letters you can send, but we do ask that you wait for your child’s reply before sending another letter. Send your letter via an email.

Where can I find out how to visit my sponsored child?
Visit our Trips & Visits page.  All visits with a sponsored child must be coordinated through designated channels to ensure appropriate arrangements have been made for your safety and the child’s safety. Questions? Email us.

Who do I contact if I want more information about sponsoring a child?
Contact us by email at [email protected].