The students of the Windy Hill Guitar Ensemble and the students of the Youth Exploring Spirituality! (YES!) Group of South Church have organized a fundraising event for the children and families of Guasmo, Ecuador. On Thursday, May 16, 6–8 p.m. at Fellowship Hall, South Congregational Church, enjoy South American music by Windy Hill Guitar Ensemble and help load backpacks with basic school supplies for the children of Ecuador. Bring yourselves and your willing hands. Snacks and beverages will be available.
This summer, the South Church YES! Group will travel to Ecuador as part of Adopta Una Familia’s summer building program. High school students will live with and work beside local families in Guasmo Sur to build and finish new homes. In this neighborhood of Ecuador’s second largest city, unemployment is high, homes are rudimentary and many lack access to clean water and sanitation, but the spirit of communal support and solidarity is strong.
The backpacks will be delivered by the YES! Group to students in Adopta Una Familia’s educational program. Funds raised by the benefit concert will be used for AUF’s 2019 building project in Guasmo Sur. (AUF is a non-profit organization and donations are tax-deductible.) AUF has been partnering with community leaders in Guayaquil, Ecuador since 1999 to promote opportunities for quality housing, education and health. To find out more about AUF, you can go to: auf-ecuador.org. To find out more about the South Church YES! Group, go to: southchurchgranby.org
If you are not able to attend but want to make a donation, please make a check out to Adopta Una Familia with a note about 2019 Building project, and send it to Rev. Dawn Karlson, South Church, P.O. Box 779, Granby, CT 06035.