Spring (Break) for Sustainability in Ecuador
Organized by: Jake Rodgers
EVENT DATE Mar 06, 2015
Manna Project International(MPI) started at Vanderbilt University by a group of students who wanted to provide a holistic approach to volunteering abroad.The chapter at UGA is providing me with the opportunity to lead a group of 8-11 students to a small village outside of Quito, the capital city of Ecuador.
While in the village we will be working in a variety of fields from health and wellness to education. The overall goal for MPI-Ecuador is to Empower Individuals, Strengthen Institutions, and Build Networks.
In the health and wellness field, MPI maintains a Preventive Health Center (PHC) located in the center of the community library providing easy access. The PHC provides an overarching structure for the other health and wellness programs such as exercise classes, nutrition classes, and other resources. The PHC works in conjucture with the Ministry of Health as well.
Furthemore, an argirculture program works to support local orgainc gardens and sometimes supports the delivery of produce throughout the region. The program also works with a rehabiliation center for special needs childern that provides weekly agriculture workshops for the childern.
The education field provides english classes for both childern and adults with many families having parents and kids in their respective classes! Classes for art and computers are also provided for childern and adults allowing for a range of skills to be developed. MPI also provides educational presentations on a diverse range of topics that are chosen based on relevance and need for the community.
All in all, MPI strives to provide in a holistic manner the support the community needs in order to self-sustain and self-develop, rather than develop at an external rate. The money raised will help me pay for the program fees and my plane ticket to an amazing opportunity to give back to a community in need.
For more info on MPI as a whole visit http://mannaproject.org/
The daily Ecuador blog http://ecuador.mannaproject.org/