Meet Bonnie

When you first meet Bonnie, there are two things you might notice. First, he is pretty big, and very strong, especially compared to some of his smaller structured Ecuadorian peers. Second, he has a permanent smile. 

Bonnie spent his late adolescence living at the Mission Home and now is on staff helping with everything from food delivery to caring for the adolescent boys.

Bonnie is 26 years old and works at the Mission Home. He completes a wide variety of tasks essential to the functioning of the home. Twice weekly, he picks up all the fruits and vegetables needed for cooking, and delivers them to the home. He maintains all the water tanks to ensure that there is always access. He cares for the small farm the Mission Home runs, including taking care of several pigs and harvesting maize twice yearly. But the essence of his presence at the home is based in his mentorship and care for the adolescent boys. 

Bonnie himself came to the Mission Home at 16 years old. He was loved and cared for by the missionary sisters in his late adolescence, and graduated from the Mission School. He always had a love for rural living, and so when offered a job assisting with the ongoing maintenance of the Mission Home after high-school graduation, he happily agreed. Since that time, his role has expanded to include helping oversee the care and daily routine for the adolescent boys. Sometimes he helps them complete their homework, sometimes he shows them how to care for farm animals, and sometimes he joins in their soccer games to demonstrate his superior skills. His time and mentorship provides a positive example of what life can look like after aging out of the Mission Home. We are so grateful for Bonnie’s dedication and love.

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Back to School!

Last week, a new school year began in Ecuador. As any parent, caregiver, or education professional knows, the beginning of the school year can be a hectic time! Clothes and shoes that fit (isn’t it crazy how much kids grow in one year?), school supplies, and adjustment to the daily school routine are just a few of the things needed to prepare students for success. As part of our Scholarship Plus Program, we supported 180 young scholars with new uniforms, shoes, books, and supplies to start the year off right. These students come from the Mission Home, as well as some of the poorest families in our area. Our goal is to reduce barriers to success in school, and give every student the chance to start the school year well. 

In addition to student support, we also focused on ensuring teacher success when returning to the classroom. Specifically, in our English program, we sent the whole department to a 3 day training in Guayaquil. The continuing education conference was hosted by Cambridge. Our English teachers shared that they learned valuable skills about student engagement, focusing on conversational language and practical skills, and creating dynamic lesson plans across English language levels. 

We sent the entire English department from the Mission School to a 3 day continuing education conference in Guayaquil.

Finally, we made some simple infrastructure updates at the school that will hopefully have a big impact. We bought 6 new projectors for the entire school and built 59 tables and 220 chairs for the primary school. The projectors will be used across the Mission School to better engage students in learning, as well as aid teachers in advanced lesson planning. And the new tables and chairs continue to replace old plastic desks, and will better allow for collaboration in the classrooms of our youngest learners.

Some of the new projectors prior to shipment! The projectors ensure adequate learning environment at the Mission School.

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