What is FratesEcua?
FratesEcua is a nonprofit organization based in Ecuador. It was founded in 2015 by the mother company, Frates, to fulfill its mission of improving the lives of the indigenous population of Ecuador, by empowering them through promoting greater self-sufficiency.
To achieve this mission, Frates has closed its USA operation to concentrate its efforts on FratesEcua. We benefit from being a local nonprofit organization, because we are able to receive assistance and full support from the Ecuadorian government, and partner with other local entities in various joint ventures to aid the local population.
While FratesEcua is run mostly by the indigenous population of Amazonian Ecuador, it continues to receive financial support from the USA through the Rielo Institute for Integral Development (RIID). RIID is a non profit organization whose mission is to promote development that focuses on health, poverty, migration and marginalization. Moreover, the former President of Frates, Dr. Annalisa Sacca Desideri, is also the Chief Academic Officer of RIID. A signed agreement between RIID and FratesEcua has determined that all funds sent to RIID and targeted for FratesEcua will be disbursed to FratesEcua.
The mother company, Frates, was created as a joint venture between friends Annalisa Saccà Desideri and Umberto D'Arista.
At its inception, Frates chose to concentrate its resources in Amazonian Ecuador as a result of Umberto D'Arista's previous association with the region and its people.
As Umberto D'Arista solicited donations to augment his own contributions in the region, Annalisa Saccà Desideri decided to join his cause. She financed the construction of a center that would provide much-needed services to the people. At the same time, she expressed the desire to create an organization in memory of her husband, Franco Desideri, who, as a poet, journalist, and businessman, fought all his life for social justice. For one year the two worked together tirelessly, and in 2002 Frates was born. In 2003 it was recognized officially as a nonprofit organization. Since its founding, Frates has supplied assistance to indigenous people belonging to tribes living in a part of Amazonian Ecuador that has been devastated by deforestation for over twenty years. Frates has made an immeasurable difference in the communities surrounding the Centre by providing aid in the areas of nutrition, community development, education, health and hygiene, job opportunities and training.