Rebel with a Future

Emily chose to stay. She chose to re-engage. She chose to accept the opportunities before her. She chose a future and she is thriving!

By Robyn Wallace, Quito Dump Program

(April 30, 2019)

“Emily” made some big decisions recently.

Emily first attended the Quito School After-School Support Program as an eight-year-old in 2013. We’ve watched her grow and mature. Today she is a 14-year-old participating in our newly renovated adolescent program. She has access to leadership training, mentoring, micro-business skills, a community of other teenagers and tutoring for her homework.

Like many youth, Emily discovered she had her own opinions and desire to live by her own rules. Her choices led to a two-week suspension.

As much as we love Emily and foresee a bright future, we know the next steps in life need to be chosen by her. After two weeks away, Emily was given the option to stay or to leave. The decision was totally up to her.

Emily shared that she LOVED the first few days that she was on her own. She had no pressure, went where she wanted, did as she pleased. Rather quickly, she began to miss her community, her tutor’s support, and the opportunities our program provides her. She had some hard choices to make.

Emily chose to stay. She chose to re-engage. She chose to accept the opportunities before her. She chose a future and she is thriving!

Pray with us as we support the next generation through middle and high school in Quito. These youth are forging a new path in their families as most are the first to make it this far in school. ER is reaching out a hand to help, and we passionately want these kids to latch on. We’ll do this together!

ER’s Quito Dump after-school is supported solely through donations. We provide a daily hot meal, computer access and highly qualified paid teaching staff (required by Ecuador law). Would you be willing to help a kid like Emily? Donate to the Quito Dump Program here. Designate your gift: Quito Kids. Thank you!

*Name changed for privacy. Scroll below to read more about how the Quito Dump Program is helping provide kids like Emily with hope for the future.