Children International Hosts Ecuadorian Students in Kansas City for Global Finals of ‘Destination Imagination’ Tournament

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Monday, May 20, 2024)Children International, a Kansas City, Mo.-based nonprofit dedicated to breaking the cycle of generational poverty worldwide, proudly announces the arrival of a team of six exceptional youths from Ecuador to compete in the esteemed global finals of the creative skills tournament, ‘Destination Imagination.’ 

Hailing from Guayaquil, Ecuador, these remarkable individuals, ages 12 to 14, will join hundreds of peers spanning pre-K, K-12, and university levels, converging in downtown Kansas City from Wednesday, May 22 to Saturday, May 25. Throughout the event, more than 650 teams will tackle open-ended “STEAM” challenges, encompassing science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, presenting innovative solutions born of collaborative effort and creativity. Learn more about the team at

The Ecuadorian youths, all participants in Children International programs, have demonstrated great resilience and focus in overcoming harsh conditions and other ills to practice and collaborate for the national win that landed them a spot in the global finals, said Paul Hooper, Senior Regional Director for Children International. 

“The participation of these students in this rigorous competition reflects our mission and day- to-day work in supporting youth around the globe to help them build better futures,” Hooper said. “Through our programs and partnerships that span 10 countries, Children International endeavors to equip children and youth with the tools they need to thrive as sustainably employed, contributing citizens.” 

Destination Imagination (DI) is a program that challenges students to use science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) to solve real-world problems and present their solutions in a fun and creative way. DI teams work on one of six competitive challenges that range from science and engineering to improvisation and service learning. They then compete with other teams at regional and affiliate tournaments, where they are evaluated by a panel of judges and receive feedback and recognition. 

About Children International

Children International, based in Kansas City, Missouri, USA, is a global nonprofit that delivers child and youth development programming to break the cycle of generational poverty. Through a customized approach, Children International serves young people in Colombia, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, India, Guatemala, Mexico, the Philippines, Zambia and the United States for the first two decades of their lives. The organization provides access to health care, education, positive role models, and the life and job skills they need to become gainfully employed. When equipped to improve their own lives, young people also transform their families and communities, and, as a result, multiply good in the world. For more information, visit


May 21, 2024

Best wishes for the team from CI Guayaquil participating in GF24 in KC. You are amazing and absolutely unique!

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