Saturday was our first day on the job. After getting to the hotel the night before at 1:00 am, we were all glad to get up at 6:00 am for breakfast and a 45 minute bumpy car ride to our prospective site. No doubt about the needs here. Dirt roads, bamboo houses, and the faces of the poor pretty much tell the whole story.
For this needy community, a natural leader, Pastor Nino Medina, drives one and a half hours one way every day to care for them. After a short conversation, we knew this young man had a heart for these people. With vision, wisdom, and energy, Pastor Medina promised to begin with our Agua Viva water purification installation and build a thriving distribution system. The elementary school, one half kilometer away, would be one of the first to benefit. The family across the street wants to help too, they said.
And, after a journey which started in Kansas City and lead us half way across the globe to the equator of Ecuador, Rotary and Agua Viva discovered a new opportunity to lift up and embrace the needy children of our planet. During the coming days, plans will be finalized for a September 2015 trip to install microfiltration and ozonation for our brothers and sisters in El Fortin.