High in the Andes mountains, lies the city of Quito, where orphans and children in extreme poverty are in high numbers. Their futures are minimized by lack of education, nutrition, and the love of a family.
In our community centers, they come in droves to be fed. Most of them eat the chicken leg we give them down to the last morsel, and stuff the bone that is left in their pocket to take home to make a soup.
In the orphanages where we serve, we visit them to bring love and a special meal. They long for connection, time, and attention. Their hearts are literally "love-starved."
Could you, just for a moment, “put yourself in the shoes” of one of these small children growing up in these conditions. Unable to afford local transportation, if it is even available, you walk great distances each day to school, church, or the local store. The streets are littered with broken beer bottles, rotting trash, and animal excrements. Your soles have worn out and the stitching is broken. Your socks wore thin long ago, and your toes peek through the holes at the end of your shoe. Your brother helped you cut a hole where your toes peek out, so that your toes have a place to go, and the blisters will begin to go away.
Where these feet tread, shoes are not just a need, they are a luxury they simply cannot afford. Socks are like a warm hug to dry, cracked, and cold skin.
IF YOU ARE READING THIS PHOTO JOURNEY, you likely are personally connected to someone at Fundacion Contigo (With You International) or connected to someone who is a good friend with a missionary at Contigo. This Christmas season, we really need your help...
For seven years, we have provided shoes for the children we serve. This year, we've out grown our resources and the need is great. Would you consider "adopting" one of our ministry sites, to cover the cost of shoes, socks and a nice meal? You could be the answer to the prayers of these children.
If you have children, you know they grow out of shoes so quickly. Orphans and children in poverty are no exception. Toes are poking through the shoes we gave out last Christmas. For some, it's the only pair they own.
Can your help?
SHOES are an incredible blessing to the 100’s of marginalized children we serve here in Ecuador. This Christmas, your gift will provide a child with a well-made pair of shoes, a pair of socks, and a Christmas dinner. Your church, family or small group can commit to providing shoes for an entire orphanage or community center of 30 to 280 kids.
Every donation makes a lasting impact on the daily life of children here!