Meeting with our University Students

Over the past weekend we gathered with the majority of our university students for a chance to socialize and offer encouragement. The meeting took place at the Mission School over lunch and was led by our University Program Coordinator, Jenny, and Jim. Eleven of our seventeen university students were able to attend the gathering, traveling from Santa Elena and Guayaquil. 

Eleven of our seventeen university students with Jim.

The meeting was a small representation of the support and accompaniment we want to show to our university students. In the past, our University Program was small enough that beneficiaries were required to show a high level of independence and self-determination to advance. The closest university to the mission is located in Santa Elena, one hour away, followed by a few universities in Guayaquil, 3 hours away from the Mission. In Ecuador, there is no university sponsored housing (or dorms), so all students live off campus and travel to school each day for classes. These factors mean that all of our university students must move to a new city and live independently when they begin their studies. 

Thankfully, the growth of our university program has made this process much easier. We now have enough scholars in both Santa Elena and Guayaquil that the students in our program can share housing. This provides practical support in terms of orientation to city living, as well as increased safety and socio-emotional wellbeing. 

Big smiles for all these students have accomplished (pictured here with Jenny, our program coordinator, third from the right).

Most importantly, though, having Jenny as our University Program Coordinator has been exceptional. We are so grateful for the mentorship she provides. We have four university students  

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Play Virtual Trivia With Us on April 23rd!


You’re invited to our third annual virtual trivia night! Join us for an evening of competition and fun while learning more about Mission Santa Maria!

Our virtual trivia night will take place on Sunday, April 23rd, from 8:00-10:00PM EST. Sign up in teams of up to 10 people. There’s no fee to enter, but there is a prize for the winning team!

Want to create a team with friends that live near and far? No problem! Our virtual trivia night will take place over a zoom call, so you can participate with whomever you want from the comfort of your home.

Only one person per team needs to register, but please include your team name and the names and email addresses of your other team members in your registration form.


For questions, or if you have issues registering, please contact Grace at


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2022 Annual Report

We are excited to share our 2022 annual report with you! Please click here to view the complete report.

As you will see, our annual report includes an overview of all we were able to accomplish last year, personal stories from our beneficiaries, and a closer look at our finances. Your generosity and support made our work possible. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you!

Please consider sharing this report with anyone you know that might be interested in learning more about Mission Santa Maria. We are so grateful to partner with you in this work.

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