Outside of the not so sleepy town of Salcedo lies a very special place, the focus of this mission trip. Jardín del Eden happens to be the highest government-rated orphanage in the country, although you may not have recognized this fate at its humble beginnings. The orphanage was founded by Roberto Altamirano in 1989. Growing up in an orphanage himself, when Roberto reached university age and began his studies, he set about paying regular visits to prisoners at the local jail in his free time. In these Ecuador prisons, shockingly many children were left with no choice but to live in jail with their condemned fathers. They had no other home. Small cells would at times hold several children, where cold floors served as their only bedding. Sharing what little food they were offered and participating in the daily prison drills constituted the new lives of these forgotten youths.

As the years passed, the children’s social neglect became more and more obvious to the Salcedo residents, but no one would offer a solution. One day a prisoner said to Roberto, “Nice of you to come visiting and talking, but you are like all the others. You just talk, but you don’t act. Go do something.” Roberto was deeply moved by the children’s situation, and God decided the time was right to act, and He had His man. Roberto resolved to commit one year to the Lord, and began his adventure. Jardín del Eden hosts prisoners’ children, those mistreated or abandoned by their parents, children who formerly worked and lived on the streets, as well as those orphaned or whose parents were unable to support them. This unique haven nestled in the Andes Mountains of South America provides shelter, home-cooked meals, medical care, schooling, and professional training for the youths who live there.

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WHAT WE'RE DOING

MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES

Your team will participate in experiential cross-cultural training, attend a worship service in Ambato, and learn about life in the community. There will be many opportunities to engage with the children of Jardín del Eden through crafts, Kids Club, and sport activities.

The team will be constructing a class room for vocational training. We will work alongside the community on tasks such as hauling sand, mixing concrete, laying foundations, carpentry, finishing concrete, and painting.

TRIPS TO THIS COMMUNITY

06/04/2022 - 06/11/2022
$1400

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LOGISTICS

FOOD, LODGING, & TRAVEL

You’ll fly into Quito where World Servants will meet you and transport you to a hotel in the city for the evening. The next day we will travel to Salcedo, where we will stay in a small hotel, with hotel-style rooms including 2 beds and a bathroom in each. World servants will arrange for all in-country travel, which is included as part of your trip fee.

All meals will be prepared for us by hotel staff. The main diet consists of bread, potatoes, beef, pork, and chicken, eggs, rice, tomatoes, cabbage, lettuce, peppers, carrots, beans, avocados, along with fresh fruit. Clean, safe, bottled water will be available to the team at all times.

The team will spend their day off in Baños, a resort town on the edge of a volcano boasting many attractions, such as waterfalls, hiking, hot water springs, and local shopping.

IS IT SAFE?

TRIP SAFETY PROTOCOLS

Trip safety is extremely important to World Servants and our host community. The community we are working and staying in is considered very safe and we do not anticipate any safety issues.

COVID-19 Safety Response

We are working diligently to address the directives of the communities we serve in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Obviously, there will be adjustments as World Servants is mainly a high touch relational organization and we will be restrained from many of our normal practices in serving together. To start we are having each person traveling with us complete a survey with questions concerning travel and illness related to COVID-19. Our plan during the trip is to make sure each person wears masks daily as we are serving in community and daily temperature checks will be administered. While social distancing will be a challenge, we will brainstorm ways we can focus on the task at hand while staying a safe distance from each other.

World Servants will also be working with our partner communities to determine when and how we can serve to protect them as well as our volunteers. Each community may look different in terms of how volunteers can serve that will make a difference.

We will continue to update all our stakeholders as governments, communities, and travel opens around the world.