Beginning in July 2012, I will be traveling to Ecuador for 13 months to run community development programs in the Chillos Valley.

As you know, I’ve been down in Ecuador since July working for Manna Project International. When I made this commitment to spend 13 months doing community development work in the Chillos Valley, I had high hopes and plenty of nerves. I’m happy to report that my time here has exceeded all expectations. I have fallen in love with the communities and people we work with, from curious Mateo who bombards me with questions about my family, the United States, how to say “Trick or Treat” each and every English class, to quiet, reserved Walter who has come out of his shell and excels in Art class…the list could go on and on. I’ve enjoyed every minute of getting to know the people in the Valley and work hard to provide them with necessary and meaningful services. Of course, living in a developing country comes with a handful of challenges… cold showers, random power outages, and dogs barking throughout the night. But these minor inconveniences take nothing away from the incredible and rewarding experience I’m having.

I want to thank you again for your support. Manna Project is truly a worthy cause, targeted to on-the-ground programs and initiatives that contribute to the betterment of people’s lives and the development of a community. However, providing these hands-on services requires continuous fund raising. Any further contributions you are able to make would be greatly appreciated!

Be sure to check out our blog for regular updates on what we're up to in Ecuador! ecuador.mannaproject.org

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