Who We Are:
Mission Santa Maria is a U.S. based non-profit organization helping children and youth in the Ecuador. We have been raising money in the United States since 2007. Click on the Staff Bios page to learn more about our team.
What we do:
We raise money to help poor children and youth in Ecuador. Our programs provide food, clothing, and scholarships for children to attend school.
40 years ago, a priest from Switzerland moved to Ecuador at the request of the local bishop to help families in need. Fr. Othmar Staheli began to say mass and visit the sick but soon realized that the coastal town of Ecuador needed much more. He traveled back to Switzerland and raised money to build roads, clean water facilities and health clinics. He built Santa Maria Del Fiat a home and school for the orphaned children of the province. Local women, similar to Mother Teresa’s nuns, volunteered to help the priest care for the children and teach in the school.
In 2007, Jim Campbell traveled to Ecuador after working in New York City for three years. After a friend told him about the mission he visited and met the children and the missionary sisters who cared for them. He quickly learned that the mission was having financial difficulty as donations from Europe were dwindling. When he returned he began to raise money to help the children at the mission with the help of his family and friends.
Jim saw how even a small amount of giving greatly impacted the children in Ecuador. He then founded Mission Santa Maria as a way to continue helping the children who need it most.
Periodically, Mission Santa Maria Staff of volunteers travel to Ecuador to visit the projects and the children they impact. You can read about our project updates on our Projects Page.