Mission Santa Maria is a U.S. based, 501(c)3, non-profit organization helping children and youth in Ecuador.  Our programs provide food, shelter, and scholarships for children to attend school. We have been raising money in the United States since 2007.

Our Story

Mission Santa Maria began in 2007 after a volunteer trip by Jim Campbell to a foster home for children from abusive situations. The home for children was created by Ecuadorian missionary sisters over 30 years ago. The accompanying school educates the children from the home and has become one of the best schools in the state taking in 1200 students from the surrounding area.

Mission Santa Maria was created to continue the good work to help children from vulnerable situations. Mission Santa Maria now supports three projects to support children in Ecuador (see our Projects pages).

Jim and his wife Grace moved to Ecuador in 2019 to work with Mission Santa Maria and the children they support. (View Jim Campbell’s full bio).

Our Team

  • Jim Campbell

    Jim Campbell started Mission Santa Maria in 2007 with the help of his family and friends. Jim is from New Jersey and graduated from Franciscan University and received his MBA…...

  • Grace Campbell

    Grace is the program director for Mission Santa Maria. After marrying Jim in 2018, she moved with him to Ecuador the following year to lead Mission Santa Maria. Originally from…...