Helping Children in Ecuador

Help Me Help Kids – Pledge to Donate for children born into poverty


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How it began

At the beginning of this year I met Santiago through a mutual friend, it was then that I learned about Escape To Ecuador. Through many conversations with the creators, Santiago and Aaron, they are making it possible for me to travel to Ecuador. I have always had a passion to travel and volunteer abroad. Escape to Ecuador is making it possible for me to accomplish not only a dream of mine but goal that I have set. They have provided me with an amazing opportunity, the organizations as well as the confidence to explore the world. Escape to Ecuador sets up volunteer work, study abroad as well as eco-tourism trips. The founders of Escape to Ecuador are passionate about promoting the understanding of global environmental and social responsibility. “We believe that promoting experiences is the best way to approach and solve many of the complex environmental and social issues facing the world today. We also strongly believe in community collaboration of travelers, volunteers, and students.” I feel honored to be working with such upstanding individuals.

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An Open Letter for Those Who Want to Make a Difference:


I would like to take the time to introduce myself; my name is Kayla, I am 23 years old. I am currently attending Milwaukee Area Technical College in Downtown Milwaukee. I will be graduating in May of 2013 with an Associate’s degree in Human Services which is a broad degree in social work. I have always had a passion to help people better their lives through education and to ultimately  make difference. Going to Ecuador to serve impoverished communities would be a dream come true for me.  I am writing to ask you to contribute to a scholarship fund for a volunteer project which will allow me to make a difference in places that need it most.

Here is how the volunteer project will work:

I will serve one month in Quito, the capital city, followed by one month in Baños. In Quito I will complete a two-week intense Spanish class while I will be working with the Working Boys Center of Quito.  The WBC is an organization that has been around for the last 40 years and has helped over 40,000 people leave a life of poverty forever.  It is a Jesuit social project that started with the mission of feeding children that were forced to work in the streets in order to help support their families.  It has since evolved into a powerful resource in the community providing leadership and opportunities for the homeless and families living in poverty. The second month in Ecuador I will volunteer in Baños, this is more of a rural city. While there, I will be volunteering at Library Arte Del Mundo.  Here I will be working with children, teaching them to read, as well as many other creative activities.

In order to make this service possible I need sponsors to help contribute to the scholarship. No contribution is too small; I am just asking that you consider funding what you can. In total this trip is going to cost $3500, so as you can imagine every little bit helps. This includes room & board, food and transportation to each organization I am serving.  While in Ecuador I plan on having a blog so that the people who have been so generous can see the progress that is made.

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter and for your consideration, it is greatly appreciated.