Child Care Centers

Child Care Centers

As part of the response to the 2016 earthquake, we built centers that allow children to spend the day with social workers and involved with educational activities while their parents work.

Thanks to funding from Fundación Telefónica Ecuador, CAEMBA developed an emergency construction model with a bamboo structure, designed to create spacious, airy and safe spaces. The centers are built in five days and have open-plan covered areas of 230 square meters.

The centers can be built on existing concrete slabs, such as sports courts, or on the ground. Centers built on the ground have bamboo or mat floors.

The centers include perimeter protection of metal mesh covered with plastic mesh. This provides security for the interior and protection against weather conditions and insects, while maintaining  excellent ventilation. 

The centers are semi-transparent so that parents can observe their children from outside and the children can see them. This is important because it generates trust in people who have been displaced by natural disasters. The centers allow parents to work while their children are being cared for and pursue educational activities.