Month: September 2016

Victor and Elba Survive A Double Disaster

September 26, 2016

Victor’s life as a commercial fisherman in Ecuador was rough. The work required grueling duties at sea and long stretches away from his family. So when the opportunity arose to buy a shrimp farm 20 years ago, Victor and his wife, Elba, embraced the opportunity. Managing the operation required hard work and long hours, but […]

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‘The Earthquake Moved Everything’

September 22, 2016

Like a lot of young couples, Antonio and Yvonne left Ecuador to move to Spain in search of career opportunities. Spain’s economy was better and they had heard others were finding success there. But two years ago, they felt called to move back to Ecuador. Antonio would get a job in construction. Yvonne would do […]

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Team Omaha: Building Homes, Changing The Lives Of Dump Families

September 15, 2016

By John Toney, Team Omaha Arriving late in Quito, Ecuador on July the 19, 2016, a team from Omaha, NE of 23 people arose early the next morning to join the ER team, Ricardo Vaca Maila and Luis Anibal Maila Vaca. Our purpose was to contruct a new house for Pedro and Martha Robles Guachi, […]

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Caro: Growing Up in the Dump Community

September 14, 2016

    Dawn Carnill (Sept. 14, 2016) Caro was born just days after our daycare center opened in the Quito garbage dump. Her mother had been working there since she was a child herself– gleaning things she could use and mining for recyclables to sell. Caro’s two older sisters spent their toddler and preschool years […]

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