Starting work with TECHO

On Monday our group was able to sit down with contacts from TECHO, the organization we will be working with, for the first time. Since then we have had two more meetings and have learned so much about the organization, it’s goals and the volunteers that make it all possible. One of the main themes that was stressed to us about TECHO is that it is not just about building houses, it is about building a lasting a community. Through our meetings we have met a variety of volunteers that participate at different levels but they all seem to have one thing in common; they are enthusiastic and supportive about what TECHO does and they want others to feel the same way. A huge problem in Ecuador is that people are skeptical of donating time and money to organizations because of previous organizations who have made empty promises. Tomorrow we will be filming at the annual Colecta event, their main fundraising event for the year, and are excited to see hundreds of volunteers in action.

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