On February 18th, I leave for Ecuador, SA, I am pretty excited about this trip for many reasons. It is some ways going home for me. It is the place where so much of who I am was formed. I mean, it’s where I graduated high school, where I formed many of my perspectives on humanity, and where I learned adventure.
I am going to start with the last part of my trip first because it is the mission part of the trip that actually matters most in the big scheme of things. From March 9-11 I will be working with Compassion International in Santa Elena a small town about 2 1/2 hours north of Guayaquil. If you are not familiar with Compassion they are a group where individuals like you and I sponsor individual kids for $30 per month. With these resources they make sure sponsored kids needs are covered; their nutritional, educational, medical, and spiritual needs. Check them out Here: Compassion International
They are very similar to World Vision another organization which our family supports two kids through. Since I will be meeting the kids that Compassion works with, I think it is a good opportunity and time to take on a couple of more kids. You can never have enough kids right??? Any way you may remember that when I went to Africa I raised funds for a computer for the Hope for Aids Project (thank you again for all you that helped with that!) So here is a new opportunity for you. With anticipation of heading south I am again looking to take something to them. I have talked this over with Compassion and since they are child focused they would prefer that I bring kid things. Here is the list of recommended gifts:
- Arts and crafts
- Sports supplies (soccer balls, Frisbees, etc)
- Small musical instruments
- Simple toys like jump ropes, jacks, marbles, toy cars, etc.
- Dolls, doll clothes
- Picture books, coloring books and crayons
- Soaps, shampoo
- Toothbrushes, toothpaste
- School supplies – pens, pencils, small sharpeners, markers, papers, stickers
If you would like to help out with funds send them to:
Kenton Rowe Photography
815 S California St.
Helena, MT 59601
If you are local and would like to buy some of these things call me (465-6707) before February 12th and I will come pick them up.
100% of what is donated will be delivered by me to the kids in Santa Elena, and I will take lots of pictures for you all.
Yep, I lived in Ecuador for three years and the one major thing I didn’t get to do was visit Galapagos. Twenty some years later I will be there to teach photography for Lindblad / National Geographic aboard the National Geographic Endeavor. I will be one of a hand full of photographers taking guests onto the islands coaching them on how to maximize their images. If you are thinking “Shoot, I want to go to Galapagos and learn photography from Kenton” I will be leading a second series of workshops there again in June. Stay tuned, and come and join me then.
This picture has nothing to do with my Galapagos trip, but it is one that I shot on assignment last
October that I thought might lure you in. Enjoy!