The Government of Ecuador, represented by Vice President Lenin Moreno and Cirque du Soleil, represented by Vice-President Global Citizenship Gaétan Morency, signed an agreement on May 23, 2011 to develop social circus training throughout the country. For Gaétan Morency, "Laughter is important for these children who have had few opportunities and reasons to smile. Circus arts offer them a safe environment where they can express themselves and learn many important values such as solidarity and self-esteem."
Vice-President Moreno hopes that in the long-term social circus projects will bring communities together, allow the development of local economies and improve living conditions in the country’s poorest neighborhoods. The first social circus training was held in Quito in June 2011 with the participation of circus artists and social workers from Quito, Guayaquil, Cuenca and Tena.