Community Partner since 1996.

The weather today was the nicest since we have been here. The clouds cleared off and it was very sunny. Kay felt much better today and joined us at the center. Frank and Patricio laid blocks and tile in the kids’ bathroom and it is starting to take shape. Holly went back to her babies […]

Tuesday morning came with the team catching its stride It is nice to feel like a group with nobody outside Maggie came early and set the stage for the day We headed to Calderón in the fog to help the kids play Some of the kids knew us amazingly fast We are all hoping we […]

Thought to End: “At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us”. -Albert Schweitzer   Journal by: Susan Weida The mood at breakfast seemed subdued. I think we are […]

Message for the Day: “Although I long to accomplish great and noble tasks, it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as if they were great and noble. The world is moved along not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes but also by the tiny pushes of each honest worker.”  -Helen Keller […]

Message for the Day: “Life is precious and time is a key element. Let’s make every moment count and help those who have a greater need than our own.” -Unknown Journal: Irene Thomas Wednesday, June 22 started out like any other day. Then it all changed in honor of Allen’s birthday! A cake with eight […]

Last year, through the Global Volunteers website, I raised enough money for my trips to both Peru and Ecuador. The only thing I ended up paying for was my flight on both trips. How’d I do it? I put a letter in my church bulletin and received an overwhelming amount of supplies that I was […]

FUNDAC (Fundacion de Damas Calderonenses) is an organization legally constituted since 1993, is conformed by 20 voluntary women whose mission is offering social help to the needy classes of Calderón, specially worker women, poor children and old people. The social services help that we bring are centered exclusively in the Day Care center Nuestra Señora […]

    Quote of the Day: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain     We all […]

    The day started off with a hearty breakfast, as usual. With the arrival of Laura from Lexington, MA, our motley 13-member volunteer team was complete! Edith, our ebullient host, briefed us on the protocols to follow on our first day at the children’s center: no photos until later in the week, willingness to […]

BY MARIA DE LOURDES (“MARUJITA”), President of FUNDAC, Calderon, Ecuador Welcome to all the wonderful volunteers in our town! Our organization has been in existence for 20 years, 13 of those as a government-recognized non-profit foundation. I’ve been involved with FUNDAC since the beginning. We offer educational, medical, psychological and social services to approximately 100 […]