About Us

ViaNiños is a nonprofit organisation working to support vulnerable children, young people and their families in Ecuador. Our aim is to enable Ecuadorian street children to create a better future for themselves and their families. We work in partnership with grassroots Ecuadorian NGOs, that offer support and education programmes for working children (see Partner Organisations). Our role is to offer our partners financial support and strategic advice.
ViaNiños was founded in Munich in 2003 by three former CENIT volunteers who met whilst volunteering in Quito. To this day the organisation is run primarily by volunteers. A sister charity was set up in the UK in October 2008 and another in Switzerland in May 2009. ViaNiños needs your support to enable street children in Ecuador to build a brighter future. Please help by making a donation or become a volunteer.

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bridget vianinos vereinsmitgliedBridget Higginson has an MA in Human Rights, a first degree in German and Spanish and has worked for various NGOs. She is the executive director of the charity Hands Around the World. Bridget spent a year as Volunteer Coordinator at CENIT (2007-2008) and has been involved with ViaNiños ever since. She is responsible for the partner organisation CENIT and is Secretary for ViaNiños UK’s Treasurer.
tania vianinos vereinsmitgliedTania Songini, Chairperson of ViaNiños UK. Tania has been a member of ViaNiños since 2003. She regularly visits Ecuador and monitors our projects there. Tania worked for 18 years as Finance Director at Siemens, before transitioning to a portfolio of non-executive and consulting roles in the renewable energy and development sectors.
silvia vianinos vereinsmitgliedSilvia Zerbo Events Coordinator for ViaNiños UK. Silvia works as a Sales Manager for Dishman Europe Ltd in London. She started teaching salsa dancing many years ago through which she developed an interest in Latin American music and culture.
nicky vianinos vereinsmitgliedNicola McGregor studied Spanish and German at university and through her Spanish studies developed an interest in Latin America. She has travelled to South America twice and has spent two weeks travelling across Ecuador. Nicola currently works as a Marketing Manager and manages our marketing activity.
lucy vianinos vereinsmitgliedLucy Nickoll has over ten years of experience in international development and project management, working largely on natural resources and private sector development projects across Asia and Africa. She currently works as Framework Manager for the development consultancy IMC World wide. Lucy worked in Bolivia for over one year as well as in Rwanda, Thailand and Kenya.