Culture is the widening of the mind and of the spirit.
When you live in poverty, celebrating a
holiday often means purchasing food
or other items that are far outside your
range of financial ability.
Among the poor in Ecuador, even the most basic cultural celebrations are lost as they struggle to feed their families, pay rent, and send their kids to school. A piece of their identity is lost as they watch the world around them celebrate, but are able to do nothing themselves. For this reason, we believe in celebrating cultural events in the communities and orphanages where we work. These celebrations create a sense of belonging and build the fabric of the community as they come together to eat and observe important days like Christmas and Holy Week.
Important Upcoming Events you can support
Back to School
Sending a child who lives in poverty back to school in September is vitally important to their future. Literacy changes everything! We are proud to provide hundreds of children with the supplies and uniforms they need to attend school. If you would like to donate towards this cause, please click here. With a $20 donation, we can provide a backpack, pencils, notebooks and everything else they need to return to school successfully in September 2019.
Colada morada (Spanish for purple strained)
Is a traditional Ecuadorian beverage prepared with black corn flour and fruits such as naranjilla, babaco, pineapple, blackberries, strawberries, and blueberries (which give it its color).
The drink is sweetened with cane sugar, known as panela, and prepared with spices such as cinnamon, allspice, cloves and herbs such as lemongrass and lemon verbena. It is traditionally consumed as part of the cultural celebrations of November 2, All Souls' Day, with a type of bread called t'anta wawa which are bread figures shaped like babies and often decorated with colorful icing and filled with fruit jam (strawberry or guava).
This delicious drink is traditionally accompanied by guaguas de pan (literally translated means ‘bread or dough babies’): bread baked in the shape of a doll and decorated with icing and colourful toppings, and sometimes filled with marmalade or dulce de leche. Guagua [prounounced wa-wa] is the onomatopoeic Kichwa word for child.
To serve all these meals, as part of the cultural celebrations we offer to our community center, we need your help. The financial need for this project is $ 500. Please, give now!