3 short portraits of adolescents in the Sin Soluka project

Selene is fourteen years old and is in the 10th grade at school. Thanks to Sin Soluka, Selene can go to secondary school and has a home. Previously she lived on the streets with her parents. Today she lives with her father and brother in a small flat, which she looks after herself. Her father works as a joiner - she has no contact with her mother.


Selene and her younger brother have been coming to the project for 8 years now. She likes coming because she meets lots of friends there. She appreciates getting a warm meal every day and likes being able to get help with her homework, especially her English homework. As soon as she finishes school, she wants to go to university and to become an architect. Apart from that, she wants to start a family and to travel round the world.


 Jairo is 13 years old and lives with his mother and two older siblings in very humble conditions at the foot of Panecillo (Quito’s ‘local mountain’). He is the son of two ex-street children. His father still lives on the streets and earns his money as a day labourer, his mother tries to scrape a living for the family by doing casual jobs.


Jairo is in the 9th grade at school and has been coming to the project for 7 years. He likes Sin Soluka because he gets a good lunch, help with his homework and the project supports him both financially and psychologically. His dream is to graduate from school and then study economics. One day he wants to run his own business.


Carla is 13 years old and the daughter of an ex-street child. She lives with her father, who in the meantime works for Sin Soluka, in the north of Quito. She has six half siblings with whom she only has sporadic contact. Since her father was also supported by the project, she has been in the building practically every day for many years. She really appreciates the homework help and the free time activities.

Her biggest wish is to work as a nurse one day and have a family of her own.