Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Park City 5

As some of you know, the organization that Jonathan and I are interning for here in Ecuador is planning an expedition. In July, about 40 people from Park City will be coming here to make a big difference in two of the indigenous communities that we've had the joy of working with for the past 3 months.

I just ran across a story on KSL about the families from Park City that will be coming to Riobamba for the expedition. They're a special group in that they are families who have recently lost children in tragic accidents. This service that they will be giving to others is their way of memorializing their children. Check out the video from KSL's website.

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I want to note, although it's not mentioned in the video, these people are coming to Ecuador through Ascend: A Humanitarian Alliance. Ascend is a Salt Lake City based humanitarian organization that works with the poorest people in Africa and Latin America. As one of their Ecuador interns, I have seen so much good come from projects that we organize.

I really have to admire these families for doing something so good after having such sad things happen to them. Their work will have a huge impact on two very poor communities.

As the video says, they are holding a couple events to raise money for the projects that we'll be doing in the communities. There is a 5K race this Saturday and a golf tournament on June 8th. If any of you are in a place to donate or participate in these events, you would be helping poor families in Ecuador and bringing happiness to these grieving families. See their website HERE for more information about making donations or participating in the fundraising events.

To see the KSL story on their website, click HERE.

(people, I have been blogging up a storm lately! don't miss my other posts from this week.)


cathy said...

I saw that on the news last night I was like, "hey, that's where Amanda is!" and connected the dots. That's so cool!

David and Brooke Gallagher said...

All your post are so enjoyable! What an awesome organization to be part of keep up the good work!!!

Zuri said...

Ecuador is one of the most beautiful countries in South America. The weather, the colonial cities and the people are just fantastic. Nothing compares to the landscapes of the Highlands, the lush of the Amazon Jungle Forest, the exotic Beaches of the Coast and the mystery of the Galapagos Islands.

Mariel said...

That's really cool! What a beautiful place you are at!