The rest of the week we helped out at the daycare as teacher's assistants, along with the numerous volunteers from the University of San Fransisco here in Quito, in order to learn more about how it runs on a daily basis. We got to know some of the volunteers and learned about how the University works as well. The teachers and the cook gave us great examples for how best to manage the children in a fun way. Wednesday was El Día del Niño (Children's Day) and we had a lovely party with some treats, and sang songs and danced all day long. The children were so happy and we realized even further what an important role this daycare plays in the lives of the children and the huge difference this attention and joy can make.
The town of Cumbaya also has so much to offer. We went to a market yesterday with rows and rows of fresh fruits and vegetables, and freshly caught seafood. Hopefully we can incorporate some of these resources into our program.
Next week we will continue going to the daycare and will also meet with the foundation to discuss our plans in greater detail. It's been hard work but we are so excited for everything to come.
Annette on our scenic walk back from the daycare in Santa Ines
Our first day in Cumbaya with Mica and Nancy, our host sister and mom