Mission Statement

Serving others since 2001…


The mission of the Key Way Foundation is to deal with social problems by providing a haven through which children can receive food, shelter, medical aid, and emotional and spiritual support. Similar support will be given to other individuals and families through personal services and education geared toward creating a better life for all.

The Key Way Foundation operates on two levels to accomplish its mission:

point On the physical level by meeting needs through charitable and medical means.

point On the emotional and spiritual levels through education and character-training that equips for the establishment and maintenance of fulfilling relationships.

Rachel, then McBride, Montesdeoca, came to the U.S. in 1997 to begin her higher education with the goal of returning to Ecuador to work with abandoned children and families in crisis.  She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Development and Family Studies in May 2001, a Master of Science Degree in Human Development and Family Studies with an emphasis in Early Childhood Intervention in December 2003, and a doctorate degree at The University of North Texas in Early Childhood Education in May of 2008. 

Early in Rachel’s stay, she and a group of friends and supporters started The Key Way Foundation for the purpose of meeting humanitarian needs in Latin America with a focus on Ecuador.  Her parents and friends founded La Llave in Ecuador with the same desires and purposes in mind, the goal being for the two foundations to work together to fulfill those purposes.

Part of the motivation and drive of The Key Way Foundation is related directly to the alarming increase in the number of street children in Latin America. The term street children refers to children who live in the streets, who congregate and roam in packs — begging or stealing food and money, sniffing glue by day and sleeping in cardboard boxes, parks, or worse places at night. This atmosphere is preferable to the one they find at home, where ignorance and poverty offer them little hope of rising above the subsistence level of animals.

Since evil feeds off evil, many horrors linked to this problem have been reported -- children being sold into slavery, organs of Latin children being sold in other countries, and numbers of street children being lined up and shot, thereby "eliminating" the problem.

The Key Way Foundation is operated by people with personal commitment, requisite knowledge, and the skills to overcome social evils through kind and compassionate services to others. Success in accomplishing the goals of the foundation depends largely upon interested and caring supporters.