10 % of profits will go to:
Project One Corner
We want to tell you about something very important to us---Project One Corner. 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. It is the circumstances which they are born into.
So the solution we came up with to help is to change the circumstances of one person
at a time, in one corner of the world.
Project One Corner was born in order to give someone the gift of
an education and a chance to change his or her own circumstances. 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 2013, he will graduate with a degree as a National Tour Guide in Ecuador.
Viviana Boada Egas
Viviana will be one of Project One Corner's next recipients. Twenty-five percent of retreat profits will go to cover the high school educational costs of up to 10 young people. Vivi lives in the same town as Cheryl and is on the verge of being forced to quit school after only a sixth grade education. Public schools are free in Ecuador, but the added costs of school uniforms, books, and bus fare to school each day often places a financial burden on families. The average monthly salary in this area is less than $300 a month. Together, we will give Viviana and many other youth the opportunity to continue to study, enabling them to choose their future and work towards breaking the cycle of poverty.
Extra Bonus 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.)