The last time we sent money down I asked if the missionary could send back a list of what the money was used to buy. We do this for legal reasons but also so we can tell our donors how they are helping.
Usually, we like to fund small projects or get the children clothes or school books. Although we would consider these things essential, they are a luxury to the children we help. It is difficult to hear at times when the missionaries call to say they don’t have clothes for the children.
I was even more shocked to hear when I received an email telling me that the money we recently sent was used for food for the children. It seems they are in a very difficult financial situation. Needless to say, they were very grateful to all who have donated.
This next year, I hope we can help the children in Ecuador not only with food, but continue helping with their education and providing a loving home. We are working on some ways to bring in more donations for 2011 and I will send updates as time goes on.
Thank you to all who have sent donations to help Mission Santa Maria in our work with the children in Ecuador.