Our History

The EIC was founded by the Zambrano family in 1999 under the leadership of Guido Zambrano. Upon his return to his native Ecuador he passed the torch to his sister Martha Zambrano who has served as the Executive Director of the EIC since 2002. The founders’ vision was to help, educate, and inspire Ecuadorian immigrants to learn how U.S. society functions and to use this knowledge to improve their lives.

 

The EIC, however, has never been exclusive; from its inception the organization opened its door to the broader Spanish speaking community of immigrants from all over Latin America and the Caribbean. The organization provides services to all immigrant populations primarily in neighbors located in Northwestern Queens, in New York City.  

 

 Highlights

  • Since 2004, The EIC has received Discretionary Funding from the New York City Council to provide English as a Second Language and Civic Educaion programs.
    • EIC has assited more than 300 Queens residents to become American Citizens through its Civic Education Program.
    • More than 500 Queens residents have attended EIC's English as a Second Language Classes.
  • Since 2005, the EIC has been training immigrant women to become Certified Childcare Providers. 
  • 2010, EIC became one of four recipients of the Immigrants Opportunities Initiative (IOI) that funded a prgoram to provide immigrants with free legal consultations and assistance with immigration applications.
  • 2008, EIC was the only not-for-profit organization in Queens to receive a grant from the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation's WTC Environmental Clinic to conduct outreach to World Trade Center Ground Zero Workers.
  • 2005, EIC partnered with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, NGO Section, to hold the Domestic Violence: Strengthening Communitiy Partnerships Conference.
  • 2004 to 2008, EIC partnered with Elmhurst Hospital, NYCOSH, and other community-based organizations to advocate and educate community residents about the services available for World Trade Center Ground Zero Workers.
  • 2003 to 2007, over its four year partnership with the Fresh Air Fund the EIC registered more than 400 underserved children ages 6 to 15 to attend summer camps.