Wednesday, August 11, 2010

A Home Cooked Meal

In rural Ecuador most of the men have to leave their homes to work in the city in order to earn enough to (almost)afford the basics of life for their familes. As a result, the day-to-day life of the community and the working of the land is done almost exclusively by women. World Vision works with these women, identifying a ¨mother leader¨ who wants to help the rest of her community by bringing education and training on things such as proper hygene, cooking nutritious meals, using local ingedients, breast feeding, etc.

Today we had the opportunity to visit the home of the mother leader in this community for dinner with all of the women who were part of the program. They cooked an unbelievably delicious meal of pork, corn, potatoes, beans, cheese, and a fried dough patty that deserves to be on the menu of your favorite restaurant. For dessert we had a hot drink made with milk, rice and pumpkin that was really tasty but a bit hard to get down after such a big meal. In the midst of the chaos of moms and kids and dogs I walked away feeling absolutley blessed by these people. It´s a humbling experience knowing that these generous and gentle people have blessed you more in an hour than you could ever repay in a lifetime.

For complete photos from the journey click here.

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