My favorite favorite organization needs your help. And I’m not afraid to ask and/or beg for it.
As you may or may not know, in 2004 I spent 9 months in Ecuador working with an orphanage support program. It was by far the most amazing thing ever, and I still think about it on a daily basis. It taught me so much about love, patience, hope, hard work, and LOVE!!!
So, what help is needed? As you are probably aware, the economy is not so great, and the organization has seen a decrease in donations. This is a problem for obvious reasons, but another even greater problem is the decrease in number of volunteers. So, if you have (or could make room for) 2 1/2 months of your life to have the most amazing experience, please consider doing this. You don’t have to speak spanish, and this opportunity is open to singles, couples, families, everyone!! I encourage you if you are even THINKING about it to let me know so I can sell you on the idea. Or you can read about it on the website. http://orphanagesupport.org/ They sometimes have shorter term opportunities too.
I realize not everyone has that amount of time to give, but most of us (even in these rough times) have a couple of dollars to spare. So, here is my plea to each of you. If you have $5 or $100 or anything that you could donate, please please please do! I know I often wonder about charities, which ones are good and which ones are less than quailty, and I promise you that I know first hand how much your money would help, and that it would go to all the important things these beautiful kids need. If you want to read more about them, and donate online, or find the form to send a check, you can check out http://orphanagesupport.org/donors.html
And as I haven’t been to the website in a while, I just read that you can sponsor a child for $30/month and they will tell you how the kid is doing. Neat!
Anyway, that’s the end of my begging, but PLEASE think about spending some time in Ecuador, or sending just a few dollars their way. Thank you!!!