Mucho Amor en Ecuador
Organized by: Rachel Heller
I just recently returned from a service trip from Duran, Ecuador. We stayed in a little community called Arbolito where we met the people there and participated in several after school programs and visited a place housing patients with Hansen's Disease (also known as leprosy). Arbolito is an invasion community and has no running water or paved roads. An invasion community is basically when people move from the city (because they no longer want to rent) to an area with open land because they want their own land and the resources of the city to be accessible. This land is ususally almost uninhabitable due to the swampy area with snakes, scorpians, or other animals. One specific invasion community in Arbolito used to be a landfill, so there is garbage all over the dirt roads. Then they will build cane houses, which take about four hours to build (four minutes to knock down). These houses need constant fixing, especially during the rainy season.
I am trying to raise money for this community that has impacted me so much. All donations will go to help the programs in Arbolito such as the after school programs and to Damian House.
The people that I have met and lessons they have taught me will forever stay with me, and I hope that I can share each of their stories with you. This community has made such an impact on my heart.
Check out my blog about my experience to learn more: http://lovearbolito.tumblr.com
Check out these sites to learn more about Arbolito and the programs: