Quito Dream Center
Hungry and poorly educated children are caught in a hopeless circle of poverty. But a well-fed child can walk to school, concentrate, do homework and work toward a better life. Extreme Response works with children around the world to provide education reinforcement and guide them to developing knowledge, moral character and skills. With the support of our volunteers and donors, we are feeding kids and providing education support in the Quito Dream Center After-School program. All of these children are living in extreme poverty. By combining nutrition with education reinforcement, we are giving them hope for the future.
Seeing Hunger and Poverty First-Hand Changed the Lives of Canadian Couple
Paul and Linda Cripps did not go to Ecuador looking for hungry kids. But when they encountered them, it changed them forever. “The following day they took us to the Zambiza Dump in Quito. Back then, the children and babies were next to their moms, picking through the trash. We fed them a real simple meal. They were actually living in crudely constructed homes among the garbage. It just broke our hearts. It was one of those defining moments in your life when you have to make a decision to either act on what you saw or you turned your back,” Paul said.
“I ended up having to hunt for Linda that day because she was carrying food for moms with kids. We were kind of concerned. We found her in one of the shacks helping a mom feed her kids.”
Michael’s family has struggled to get by since the death of his father. Fortunately, he is part of the After-School Program at the Quito Family Resource Center so he receives a nutritious meal each time he attends. Plus, we often are able to give him leftovers to take home to his mother and siblings.
You can help feed hungry kids nutritious meals. It’s amazing how much a bowl of rice, chicken and vegetables can restore kids suffering from poor diets and even malnutrition.
We have seen how the combination of nutrition, tutoring and compassion can make a huge difference in the life of a child. Take, for example, the story of Michelle, once destined to drop out of school and join her family working in the Dump because they could not afford to send her to school. Today, with ER’s help, Michelle is on target to graduate high school and wants to go to university. She will change her family’s future, possibly for generations to come.
We want to create many more Michaels and Michelles who graduate high school and go to college. Would you consider becoming a Quito Dream Center Partner? Your monthly gift of $35 or more will sponsor a child in need!