You offer the “extra” attention at-risk kids crave and deserve, while also mentoring them in social skills and hygiene and demonstrating effective hand washing with soap and water. Teach and encourage children one-on-one to stimulate young minds and bodies. The daily needs of the at-risk children are simple, and every day you show them you care, you improve their self-esteem and confidence.
“It was hard work, but when 60 little voices greet you in unison ‘Buenos Dias’ and the boldest among them charge to meet you at the door to be lifted and embraced, you forget the achy feet and stiff back.”
“In the children’s bright eyes and smiles we see why we’ve traveled thousands of miles, sanded down walls, shoveled mounds of dirt, pounded stones into pebbles and awakened at dawn to do it all again.”
“Before this trip, Ecuador was just a country that started with the letter ‘E.’ Now, I understand their history, and I have people there I care about. They will always be with me.