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Jun

24

Reflections from El Arenal, IV

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By Sarah Luke
The infrastructure of the building on Calle Trinidad and of the pattern of donations that flutter in and out in waves has nothing to do with the kids but affects them in every way. The situation is that we have a library shelved with books like the 1980 copy of “How … Read more.. »

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Jun

21

A Note From Natasha: Reflections from Canoa

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Reflections of Natasha’s visit to Canoa and the Saman Project, Written by Sarah Luke
Natasha Verkley, Hearts of Gold’s Executive Director, says that the relief work for the 2016 earthquake devastation can be broken into two parts: the response phase (reacting to urgent needs) and the rebuild phase (supporting long-term sustainability projects).
The response … Read more.. »

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Jun

20

Reflections from El Arenal, III

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By Sarah Luke
A typical student at El Arenal is the child of a market vendor. Her mother sells piñas at a stand. Sometimes she is found selling piñas too, learning at a young age how to support the family. A typical student knows how to throw a good punch but he doesn’t use … Read more.. »

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Jun

20

Reflections from El Arenal, II

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By Sarah Luke
This week at La Fundación El Arenal we introduced a toy chest. All the toys were donated: plastic dolls with blond and brown and black hair, puzzles, yo-yos, soccer balls, tiny child-sized games of chess and checkers, and much more. The energy about the toy chest was striking. A lot of … Read more.. »

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Jun

20

Reflections from El Arenal, I

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By Sarah Luke
The children at El Arenal look almost like every other child: hair pulled back in scrunchies, hands ready for a five-second fight if someone comes at them with a rubber band. Especially for a foreigner like me, you hardly notice the holes that line the knitted seams of their school uniforms … Read more.. »

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Jun

16

Saman Project

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The Saman Project is made possible by a collective from Cuenca including Hearts of Gold, Colectivo Madre Tierra, Yakumama Lounge, San Sebas Cafe, Brigada Surfistas, and the individuals and families in Canoa, Ecuador that were severely impacted by the June earthquake.
PROJECT SUMMARY:
Proyecto Samán is a grassroots project focused on helping families find … Read more.. »

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