OA's Project Ecuador

Opportunitas Aequa's first project is the collection of new and used soccer equipment to be transported and distributed to the rural province of Chimborazo in Ecuador. The goal of Project Ecuador is to deliver 1000 soccer balls, and 1000 pairs of soccer cleats to some of the most impoverished children in Ecuador.

Location: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada


Calm before the storm.

Hola! The above shot is from a local community soccer game that we all went to with our main man Antonio Inga. We saw his community (Chimborazo) beat another team 5-2, and with only 9 men. Not bad at all. It was our first taste of structered Ecuadorian soccer. The game was played on a dirt field, and periodically halted so that trucks could drive across the field ... not quite what we are used to.

We are really starting to get a chance to interact with the children, which is the main reason we are here. Everyone is finding it to be the most rewarding part of the experience, sometimes it has nothing to do with soccer, maybe teaching a few English words as we bounce along in the back of a pick-up, or by sharing a song on the iPod.

Today we met with the leaders of the local communities (pictured below) to decide which of them best fits with the Project's aims. We discussed the logistics of how we can best help, and now we have some hard decisions. The communites we will end up choosing will be the ones who best understand that we are here to help the kids, and to bring the communities together.

Hopefully I will get chance to blog tomorrow as well, and let everyone back home know exactly which communites we are going to be helping. Also, expect a YouTube video to be up in the next couple days. Until then, I hope this tides your curiousity over. We are all doing well, and can not wait to get our hands dirty.

Maintain the aim.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

you're doing great works guys, this project is incredible. keep it up!!

12:33 PM  

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