Ten percent of the profits from the Chautauqua will go to
Project One Corner
We want to tell you about something very important to us---Project One Corner.
It started because after visiting or living in a Third World Country and being a witness to the poverty in which some people are forced to live can make one wonder how to help. Sometimes it isn't from lack of hard work that people can't escape the poverty,
but the lack of opportunities and the circumstances which they are born into.
So the solution we came up with to help is to change the circumstances of one person or family at a time, in one small corner of the world.
The first recipient of Project One Corner was Cheryl's farm-hand's son, Freddy. She sponsored his college education so that he had the chance for a different life. In 2014, he will graduate with a degree as a National Tour Guide in Ecuador.
Viviana Boada Egas
Viviana and her sister, Majorie, are also receiving help from Project One Corner. Vivi and Majorie live in the same town as Cheryl and they are on the verge of being forced to quit school. Public schools are free in Ecuador, but the added costs of school uniforms, books, and bus fare often places a financial burden on families because the average monthly salary for farm workers is less than $300 a month. Together, we will give Viviana and Majorie the opportunity to continue to study, enabling them to choose their future and work towards breaking the cycle of poverty.
Alex is also a beneficiary of Project One Corner. Alex and her family have left their home in the country to move to Quito so she can study to be a pharmacist. Her step-father purchased a lap-top computer from the black market to help with her studies. Unfortunately, after arriving back home, his family realized there was no actual computer inside. Project One Corner brought her a brand new lap top from the States.
During the Chautauqua 2013, we visited a near-by orphanage and donated backpacks to the 18 kids living there. We also donated money to help them purchase animals to raise and sell in order to become more self-sustaining.
Building a Cabin
The Chautauqua Group, Otavalo 2014, worked on a new tourist cabin at El Balcon del Lago for Jessica and Efrain Alban. The Alban's have two family size cabins for rent which overlook Lago San Pablo and are in a community of 40 Indigenous families. Our group donated the materials for a third cabin to house couples. The group then had fun participating in a Minga which is community labor still done in Ecuador today as neighbors help each other with projects large and small. Increasing tourism in this poorer area will help to boost the economy by bringing jobs and commerce.
Extra BIG thanks to jim, pete and Jd!
Jim, Pete and JD gave this family a new home! Rather than accepting a speaking fee, they donated their share to Project One Corner. With this money, we were able to help many people. The first thing we did was to get this family into a real home. Elena and Simon lost their home to an earthquake last year. They had no place to live with their seven children so they temporarily moved into this old chicken coop. (Photo on left.) Little by little, they were constructing their new house but it was going to take a long time with the small salaries they earned. With the money donated by Jim, Pete and JD, we were able to complete the house for them. We installed windows and electricity, doors, wood ceilings, tile floors, and finished the kitchen. They now have a real home!!! (Photo right.)
Other Project One Corner Donations:
A Platform Walker and Tub Bench for a woman to be independent at home after an illness.
A baby stroller for a young mother in Santa Elena, Ecuador.
A foot brace for a patient in need in Texas.
Money towards hospital bills for a patient in need.
Soccer Uniforms for a Team in Nanegalito, Ecuador.
Money for clothes for a young man starting a new job.
Plastic Chairs donated to a small community for Town Meetings.
Application fee paid for a person applying to a PHD Program.