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.

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Location: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

3.17.2007

EQUIPMENT ARRIVES!

Relief does not do it justice. At 3:30 AM last night (morning?), Gavin, Roberto, and a Maersk truck arrived at the doorstep of Casa Condor. After battling for two straight weeks, OA´s Guayaquil boys had returned home - successful.

Everyone pitched in to unload the stuff and pack it into our humble home in Chimborazo. At first glance everything appears to have arrived in excellent condition. We will do a complete inventory to double check before beginning distribution on Monday.

It is getting late here in Riobamba and I get the feeling the internet cafe wants me out, so I will leave everyone with a cool story surrounding the equipment.

When we packed the boxes, back in Victoria, we taped a Loonie to one of the balls we sent down. It was a very symbolic moment for all of us to open the box and find it staring back at us. Thousands of kilometres of travel, and our little Loonie made the journey. A piece of Canada to keep us company here in Ecuador.

One week left in Project Ecuador, and we have arguably the biggest hurdle left to clear. Wish us luck.

* a quick update on the video ... power outages all over Chimborazo have slowed things a little, but hopefully it will be up in a couple days.

1 Comments:

Anonymous sarah said...

congratulations, gentlemen! awesome to hear that everyone (and everything!) is finally back together. it sure goes to show what determination, perseverance, hard work and patience can bring you in the end (or close to, a least!). pure heart. good luck this final week :)

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