In January, 11 students and two staff members from Manhattan College’s Lasallian Outreach Volunteer Experience (L. O. V. E.) program spent eight days in Ecuador volunteering in partnership with Rostro de Cristo.
In January, 11 students and two staff members from Manhattan College’s Lasallian Outreach Volunteer Experience (L. O. V. E.) program spent eight days in Ecuador volunteering in partnership with Rostro de Cristo, a Catholic volunteer and retreat program based in Durán, Ecuador. The program strives to provide a life-changing experience for young people from the United States to connect with the people of Ecuador through their common faith and collaborate on long-term solutions to end poverty and to improve the lives of the people.
Once the Manhattan volunteers arrived at their residence in Ecuador, they organized an intentional Christian community with shared meals and nightly reflection. They lived very simply throughout the eight days taking military-style showers and eating on less than $2 per day in order to be in solidarity with the people of Ecuador, for whom these are daily realities.
During their trip, the Manhattan group visited and spent time with children at three after-school programs run by Rostro de Cristo including Valdevia, Semillas de Mostaza and Manos Abiertas. In addition, the group met with patients at Damien House, a hospital for people affected by Hansen’s Disease, and also went to Nuevo Mundo, a prestigious private school in Ecuador that uses tuition money from affluent students to fund an afternoon school for poor students.
To learn more about their experience in Ecuador, check out the video below.