Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Guayaquil Meetings Thursday March 17, 2011

Mr. Lautaro Aspiazu Wright, Sister Yost, Elder Yost.

Elder Yost, Elder Maldanado, Luis H. Rendón, Fernando Aguirre

Andrea Balda director of Foundation JUCONI.

This was St. Patrick’s Day, but we totally forgot about it. We had an appointment at 9 a.m. with the JUCONI Foundation. They help to get children off the street and back in school. They work with the families of these children to teach them the importance of education, how to break the cycle of abuse and to generally strengthen the families. There are children as young as 4 on the streets selling goods to help support their family. We met with Andrea Balda, a graduate from John Hopkins University; she is passionate about this organization and was delightful to visit with. This project is in and going, we are donating school kits and hygiene kits.
At 10 a.m. we had a meeting with a councilman from the Prefectura of Santa Elena; they also want to do a wheelchair project. He is a member of the church and the meeting went very well. This area looks very beautiful and I hope we can visit there.
At 11 a.m. we had a meeting with the gentleman Mr. Wright who is the head of a very large charitable organization here in Ecuador. They are doing a wheelchair project with us and we needed some documents completed. He was very cordial and fun to visit with.
All of these meetings went very well and we hope to be able to do these projects. We visited Iguana Park again; I got some more video if anyone would like to see more Iguana´s just let me know. We checked out of the hotel had lunch and headed for the airport for the return to Quito.

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