Coming April 1:

I am participating in the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge. Get to know Puerto Lopez, Ecuador through 26 photos, corresponding to the 26 letters of the alphabet. Each photo will have a 26 word description. Enjoy!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

A Little Night Music on the Beach

"I cried through the entire thing!" 
-- Sophie, a concert attendee, March 10, 2018

Opera music filled the warm beach night air. Three sopranos amazed throughout the performance. Their voices floated down to us as if angels singing from above.

Nadia Neiazy, Anjali Caillat and Anica Lazin shared their heavenly voices with us

Friday, February 23, 2018

Godfather Ecuador Links Donors with Families in Need #WATWB

It is the last Friday of the month, which means it is time for the We Are The World Blogfest when we bring you positive stories from around the world. Thank you to this month's co-hosts Shilpa GargPeter NenaEric LahtiRoshan Radhakrishnan and Inderpreet Kaur Uppal. Please visit their blogs for more positive stories.

A Free Education is Not Cost Free  

Education in Ecuador is free for all children but it is not without cost for families. The children need uniforms, pens, markers, crayons, notebooks, backpacks, etc. in order to attend. 

Purchasing these supplies is a financial burden some families are unable to meet. Heartbreaking choices are made - if you can afford supplies for one child, which will get an education and which will be left out? Some families have no children in school because they choose feeding their children over formally educating them.

Godfather Ecuador is working to help struggling families. They match donors with families in need. The donor becomes the family's godparent, purchasing school supplies, celebrating birthdays together, and helping where needed. 

Many children who have missed periods of schooling require private homeschooling to bring them up to grade level. Their new godparents provide resources for that.

From Godfather Ecuador's Facebook page:

Monday, February 19, 2018

Family Friendly Carnival in Puerto Lopez, Ecuador

I'm a huge festival fan. I love to dance and dance all night long. 
--Douglas Booth

Laughing children, water guns, espuma and full beaches are sure signs that it is Carnival in Ecuador. During this pre-Lent festival running Friday evening through Tuesday, many families flock to beach towns to swim, hang out on the sand and relax. Puerto Lopez beach's busiest day of the year is Monday of Carnival.

If you are picturing Carnival in Brazil with huge costumes and parades, it is not quite the same. The Ecuador festival is very family friendly and less flamboyant than its Brazilian counterpart.

Puerto Lopez beach on the busiest day of the year
Monday, February 12, 2018

Monday, February 12, 2018

Alcohol Free Ecuador Elections - Voting Weekend Prohibition

"The biggest danger for a politician is to shake hands with a man who is physically stronger, has been drinking, and is voting for the other guy." 
-- William Proxmire

Do you celebrate election night victories with a cocktail? Or drown your election losses with a few beers once the polls close? These are illegal activities in Ecuador. There is little chance of the quote above happening on election weekend.

You can, however, have the beach almost all to yourself.

Puerto Lopez beach

Friday, January 26, 2018

Single Father Getting New Home With Indoor Bathroom #WATWB

It is the last Friday of the month, which means it is time for the We Are The World Blogfest when we bring you positive stories from around the world. Thank you to this month's co-hosts Shilpa GargSimon FalkLynn HallbrooksEric LahtiDamyanti Biswas and Guilie Castillo. Please visit their blogs for more positive stories.

Improving Living Conditions for Father and Daughter 

Canadian Dodie Schadlich lives in La Libertad, Ecuador and helps those in her community who could use a bit of assistance. The following project to rebuild a father and daughter's home is an example. 

Current home occupied by father and daughter, to be replaced in February
Photo courtesy of Dodie Schadlich

Monday, January 1, 2018

Christmas at the Orphanage in Olon, Ecuador, the Happiest Place on Earth

This blog has a guest writer today for the first time ever!

Erwin Musper lives with his wife Danielle near the orphanage in Olon, Ecuador. He spends most of his days at the orphanage - teaching guitar and providing a positive male role model for the kids. When not at the orphanage, he is fundraising to benefit it (click here for the current project). He is an internationally acclaimed music producer, mixer and engineer who worked with acts like Metallica, Elton John, Anouk, and Van Halen. See the full list here. Take it away, Erwin!

One two three FOUR!  Just like the famous first Beatles album, the YOKO band counted off their annual concert for the guests and donors at the orphanage in Olon, Ecuador. (YOKO - Young Orphanage Kids Orchestra). The guitar and piano students proudly played their donated instruments and got the crowd going from the get-go.  The first of many performances by the children that day. Self-made costumes and stage props and increasingly more difficult choreography with the different age groups. Rehearsed for weeks, the twinkle in their eyes while twirling dresses made for a great show. This was my fourth pageant at this place and my third one collaborating.

YOKO (Young Orphanage Kids Orchestra), Erwin on the mike with guitar
2017 Christmas Eve | Photo courtesy of Erwin Musper