Adopta Una Familia, Inc

Education Project - CASF
Creacion Alumnos Sin Fronteras
Students Without Boundaries

This program began as an Educational Grant Program initiated by two high school students from Branford, CT. who had been participants on the summer building project. They were concerned that many of the children they met during their stay in Guasmo Sur did not attend school on a regular basis due to lack of money. Together they started a club in their local high school, raising money for educational grants for students in Guasmo.

The first year they were able to raise enough money for 10 scholarships and now in 2017 we are sponsoring 46 young people through individual grants. Scholarships for students are $450. During the summer of 2007 we had the pleasure and honor of celebrating the high school graduation of the first 5 individuals who had been sponsored by the grant program.

In 2007 a tutoring program designed and implemented by Abby Smith, a long term participant of the building projects, was established to help the young people who were receiving educational grants develop a deeper love for learning and give them added support with their studies. This program is run out of the Mi Cometa community center. The Ecuadorian teaching team was trained by Abby and they work off a monthly “thematic” curriculum that they develop themselves. All lessons are developed to enhance what individuals are already learning in their schools – but special emphasis is placed upon those areas that receive little or no focus in the public system (examples: geography, the arts and science)

During the summer of 2007 the first North American summer internship was offered to two young women (Stephanie Apuzzo and Christine Cotton) who had been participants in the building project for many years. Our summer 2017 intern is Sara Toye.

We continue to see the results of this great program as the students who participate continue to stay in school, graduate from high school and many continue to the university level.
In 2017, CASF celebrated its 10th anniversary as well as the high school graduation of nine students, many of whom had been in the program since its beginning.



Elementary School Students

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Nicole Elizabeth Cruz Castro
Full scholarship needed

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Alex Delgado Guiñon
Full scholarship needed

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Lyah Sarleth Choez Villarroel
Full scholarship needed

“In my free time I like to make pretty pictures for my parents and grandparents. I also like to sing, dance, and draw. I always participate in dance presentations at school. I also like to sing church songs and I hope to sing in the church choir. I dream of being a doctor and taking care of children as well as taking care of my parents, whom I love with my whole heart.”


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Melanie Kathiusca Pérez Miño
Half scholarship needed

“The classes I like the most are math because I like numbers and our art class because I like to draw, paint, and do crafts. I also like language and literature because I like to read stories. I also like to participate in class and I am very attentive. What I would like most is to be a doctor because I like to care for sick people and give them medicine. I also like animals a lot. I am very caring, friendly, and sharing with the children in my family and I try to be helpful around the house.”

Ana Gabriela Guerrero
Ana Gabriela Guerrero Romero

Amaia Alvarado
Amaia Kariel Alvarado Cedeno

Billy Castillo
Billy Owen Castillo Diaz

Cristopher Reyes
Christopher Snaydher Reyes Choez

Geovanny Manrique
Geovanny Ismael Manrique Huacte

Guillermo Vernaza
Guillermo Vernaza Hurtado


Tatiana Dañin
Geraldine Tatiana Danin Coque

Catalina Cordero
Juliana Catalina Cordero Bohorques

Jackson Jama
Jackson Rolando Jama Ramirez

Jordy Macias
Jordy Macias Juanazo


Kristel Cordero
Kristel Yoselina Cordero Bohorquez

Litsy Gomez
Litsy Daniela Gomez Roldan

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Amy Alejandra Mera Chango

Nayeli Garcias
Nallely Lilibeth Garcias Roldan

Nixon Castro
Nixon Snaider Castro Mina

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Danna Lilibeth Cordero Carrillo

Viviana Illanes
Viviana Mera Illanes Veronica

Yandri Montaño 2
Yandri Josue Montano Reyes


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Yordy Paul Muentes Osorio

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Hellen Valentina López Salazar

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Shirley Ahilyn Carpio Perez

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Sony Alexander Paja




High School Students


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Lissette Esthefania Rivas Cantos
Half scholarship needed

“I love learning about numbers in school, which is why I hope to be an accountant. I am enthusiastic about leadership and like to help my classmates. I push myself to accomplish my goals, one of which is to have a good job and to help my family in any way that I can. I like music and I know how to sing and write poetry (I’d also like to be a singer or a writer). Another one of my dreams is to be able to help increase young peoples’ participation in activities like sports to decrease problems like drugs and the overuse of social media.”


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Tiffany Ayleen Pincay Bagui
Full scholarship needed

“Firstly, I want to graduate and make my family proud. I want to continue on to university and get a degree. God willing, I want to travel to different countries and get to know many lovely places. After having enjoyed and explored my interests, I want to have a family, a house, and more. I want to work and be totally self-sufficient so that I can provide for myself.”


Byron Quimi
Byron David Quimi Villamar
Half scholarship needed

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Samantha Dayanna Cedeño Almeida

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Enny Alexis Hernández Mero

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Kassie Katiana Román Valeriano

Geraldine Pinillo
Geraldine Nicole Pinillo Mina

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Jurgen Daniel Parrales Calero

Emily Ostaiza
Emily Lisbeth Ostaiza Diaz

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Mayerly Elizabeth Delgado Córdova

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Caroline Jamileth Ruano Calderón

Jorge Chiliquinga
Javier Chiliquinga Vargas

Lebert Tayupanda
Jean Leberth Tayupanda Montaño

Melanie Niebla
Melanie Cristina Niebla Cali


Jose Fabio Gonzales
Jose Fabio Gonzalez Toala


Luis Cordero
Luis Gabriel Cordero Torres

Keysi Veliz
Keysi Arturo Veliz Marcillo

Maria Montero
Maria de losAngeles Montero Choez

Jazmine Perez
Thayri Jazmin Perez Galarza

Wladimir Rodriguez
Wladimir Janner Rodriquez Angulo

Our Teachers

Our CASF teachers are part of a work-study program. In addition to their teaching salaries, they receive a stipend to pursue their Bachelor’s degrees at one of Guayaquil’s many universities.






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