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June 20, 2012

Ecuador Institute

We woke up in Quito for 7am breakfast this morning. The day began with fresh eggs, toast with homemade blackberry jam and cantaloupe juice. Miguel, our gifted and energetic guide introduced us to Luis and Adoabierto (who is going by Alex), two Ecuadorian teachers who will be traveling with us.

After a simple breakfast we headed to Heifer International’s Ecuador headquarters in Quito to assemble our teacher boxes and developed a plan to co-teach at Alex’s school on Friday. Maria Fernandez gave an inspirational presentation on the incredible work Heifer is doing here.  Thanks to the initiative of the Ecuadorian people and Heifer’s partnerships and work, poverty is being reduced using sustainable methods. Food sovereignty is one of the major goals of Heifer — helping people gain control of the land and resources, so they can grow their own food and eat nutritiously.  There are multiple strategies to this end, including…

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