We are pleased to announce that we are heading to Ecuador on Dec 18th to provide 2 full classrooms worth of preschool supplies and equipment to set up the new 3 and 4 year old classrooms at the Ubidia School. The contributions from friends, neighbors, church and rummage sales and preschools has been stupendous and will have enough materials to provide for these 50 children, newly enrolled in this school. We also received a fabulous donation of supplies from Crayola which will furnish all the other classrooms with art materials for the rest of the school year and into the next, much of which will be distributed in February 2018.

This leads me to announce that we will be going back to Ecuador to provide art instruction for the school children through the entire week of Feb 19th to the 23rd! Our 2 fabulous teachers from the US will be returning again with new and even more amazing projects for the children to experience. This time, we will not only teach the children, but the classroom teachers will stay in the room throughout the art instruction and will receive an additional hour of instruction at the end of each day, culminating in them all teaching the final classes on the 23rd, with support. It is the ultimate goal to be able to educate them in art such that they can provide these opportunities to the children throughout the school year. At the end of that week, we will distribute the additional art supplies for each of the classrooms, enabling them to provide materials for exploration through the remainder of this year and into the next school year.

We are thrilled to be able to do this again and have received tremendous support and enthusiasm from the school director and several of the teachers as well.

I am hopeful that this current trip will connect me with additional resources for providing theater and possibly music and dance within the school over the coming years.

The list of possibilities is endless and I am excited to have more people on board who wish to contribute their skills and artistry. Many thanks to all who have shown an interest and generously donated their time, money and supplies. It is greatly appreciated.

Muchas Gracias,

Rachel

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