We all awoke here in Ecuador to a flurry of #CampsGivingDay activities and emails (being 6 hours behind) from around the world. We all also awoke a little sluggishly and with a bit of a hangover after the Camp Ecuador fund raiser the evening before in Quito. After witnessing Damian’s Irish dancing we were all a little jaded and we set off on an early morning journey to a school near Camp Kuri Kuchu.
Our plan for #CampsGivingDay, as well as the evening fund raiser, was to try and support one of community schools we are working with in 2014. We headed down there with a car full of juices, crisps, fruit and sandwiches (which Nicky and Dolores had spent the previous day making up). The school near Camp Kuri Kuchu has around 150 children and 10 teachers. It is a very rural community and some of the children have to work an hour or so to get to school, others are lucky enough to be dropped off by horseback.
We arrived into the school, welcomed by hundreds of very excited school children, the teachers lined them up and we had the usual formal presentations and speeches, which tested my Spanish (briefly before passing on to the ever reliant Jimena).
We dished out around 170 lunches to some very hungry children and teachers, played volleyball and introduced all the childrent to one of Camps Latin America’s labradors (Juno).
The day was a great success and the children went back to classes with a full stomach and we set off back to the office with broad smiles and a few quirky tales.