ADAPTATION OF THE SAN PEDRO CHILDREN'S CENTER - OTAVALO
June 22, 2018
We have already started to plan the work to be done at the children's center of San Pedro, starting June 4, the preparation officially begins. Both Educators and parents will be involved in the tasks that need to be done. Before starting the work, we determined that it’s necessary to create a division between the classroom, dining room, and play area, especially because of the use of heat/fire in the kitchen. Because of this, we will build a wall to create divisions.
Tile was put in in the fourth-cycle classroom, dining room, kitchen, and hallway. Other flooring was installed in the first, second, and third cycle.
As of right now, the children's center will continue to run in old classrooms (that are very small) until the work has been completed.
From the 22nd to the 30th of June volunteers from "FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH FROM PLANO-TEXAS, DISCIPLES OF CHRIST" will help in necessary adjusting and reinforcing of the tile flooring, and in painting various areas of the children's center. We are very happy and excited that very soon 40 of our children will enjoy a warm and friendly atmosphere in their new children's center.
Amira Dughri, who is a professional reporter, came in February and together with Bethany Wagoner (volunteer of Global Ministries) visited some communities where Fedice works and filmed interviews. It was an arduous job, with a lot of dedication and professionalism that resulted in the production of several videos that help us spread Fedice's activities.
Dave Johnson and Craig Jenkins - Sutton, members of Fedice USA, came in the month of February and visited the communities of Caluquí, Pijal, Romerillos, San Francisco, Santa Rosa, El Chaupi and Cochapamba. In each of the communities, Dave and Craig were able to verify the productive projects and activities in which Fedice works together with the beneficiaries. They heard directly from the people, the achievements, the challenges and the changes that have been achieved in the families through working with Fedice.
Our good friends from the Southern Illinois Conference came in July and visited the community of Romerillos. The objective of his visit was to carry out the meeting for 2015 with the Fedice team. They were valuable moments to publicize the activities and especially the results particularly in the community of Romerillos. We take this opportunity to have a short program with the children of the Children's Center of this community, which is named after Lisa Franke.
Pastor Danny Couch and friends of Bridging Cultures, as they do year after year, came in July to work with the people of Pusir. This time, together with the teachers of the Pusir Grande Educational Unit, several classrooms of this educational center were adapted. As we always do, there was a presentation of Fedice's work and particularly of the activities that are being developed in this community with the support of these brothers from Weatherford, Texas, USA
Pastor Doug Deuel and 40 members of the Church of the Disciples of Christ in Plano, Texas, came in the month of August and worked in the parish of González Suarez. Distributed in four work groups, led by the Fedice team and the participation of people from the community, we held a minga (community work) to simultaneously work in four activities: Medical Brigade, Christian Education, Ophthalmology Clinic and construction. It was a wonderful time, of challenges, of coordination of activities but always in favor of the people who need this support.
Pat Billings, from Texas, came in August; she visited particularly Margarita Cuascota and her family (they live in the González Suarez parish, Otavalo) whom she supported for the construction of her home. Pat was able to verify how the living conditions of Margarita and her family have changed and how Fedice invested the money sent by her.