MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES IN QUITO
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.' 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'”
~Matthew 25:35-36 & 40
These are some of our Partner Sites, where we go to volunteer!
Extreme Response (NILI partner organization) actually grew out of a small kids’ club in the garbage dump of Quito, Ecuador (also known as the Zambiza Dump). In June of 1997 the Extreme Response founders began working with the 300+ people that lived and worked right there in the trash. These people gleaned their living by digging through the garbage that flows out of the back of garbage trucks, living in small shacks made from pallets and other building materials they found in the trash. They survived on what they found to use, eat and sell.
The dump has changed drastically over the past 12 years, but the people have not. The Zambiza location was permanently closed as a dumping site in 2005 because the landfill was full. The site then became a transfer station. Garbage is now trucked in, dumped in a roofed area, sorted through and then reloaded back into trucks to be taken to a location outside of the city.
In March of 2006, Extreme Response opened the Zambiza Daycare Center & Preschool - over 50 children ages newborn through 5 years now attend. In December of 2006 a medical clinic opened in conjunction with Hospital VozAndes Quito.
Extreme Response also provide family counseling, hygiene classes, education assistance, a weekly kids club and moms club, weekly feeding for night workers and much more.
Visiting and serving at Zambiza is a unique experience, you have the opportunity to love on children that don’t receive a lot of love at home. These kids appreciate when the volunteers come to play with them. This can be a very challenging site due to the smell of garbage and the social situation of the people that work in this place, however it is also one of the most rewarding sites. When serving here you are encouraged to plan activities for your time with the children, this can be teaching them songs, coloring with them, reading to them, playing organized games and even teaching them English.
Located in Llano Chico-close to Calderon, this home exists to provide for the needs of the elderly when there is no government or familial assistance. Rather than trying to survive on the streets, these wonderful “third-age” adults are cared for and loved in a safe environment. At this time, there are 50 residents.
When visiting these wonderful people you have the opportunity to sit and talk with the residents who love the attention, you can walk around the property with them, assist then in knitting or other crafts and just be a friend to them. This is a great opportunity to practice your Spanish and to learn about the lives of these wonderful “third-age” adults.
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