We believe that each child is entitled to his/her childhood. We partnered with Los Ninos de la Calle, an organization that services 500 children, 5 to 18 yrs old, abandoned or abused in the streets of Puyo. The objective is to take them to our Centro Desideri, provide, as we have started to do, a short weekend vacation, food and fun activities for the youngest, and for the oldest, training workshops in our well-equipped carpentry using state of the art machines donated by the Ecuadorian government. Young adults will learn from a resident, expert carpenter who also trains the communities surrounding the Centro.
We have also approached the University of Puyo to help us through their Academic Service Learning and internships program to help the indigenous communities, based on needs assessment and evaluation.
We are also working to train the local population in practices involving Agriturism.
For this reason, and to accommodate future guests and students, we have renovated the entire Centro, including a new roof, refurbishing rooms, and repairing and making upgrades to the other cabanas: cafeteria, public bathrooms, and an infirmary. In addition, we have repaired our brick oven, through which we are able to offer courses in food preparation. We planted trees and flowers around the whole property, installed Internet, and purchased computers, a printer, and screens for our courses in Computer Science, English and Hospitality and Management.
We have acquired 2 acres of land adjacent to the Centro Desideri to enhance our medicinal garden, and to continue to run workshops on medicinal plants for local women, making them more aware of health issues and at the same time preserving traditional and cultural practices for new generations.