This week we announce an exciting new initiative called “Kids Supporting Kids” created by Tamoja and Starfish friend & supporter, Monica! Monica was born in Ecuador and on her recent trip to Ecuador she decided to put her talent and passion to work for Starfish. In less than a week she made contacts and coordinated with COMIL, a school in Riobamba (in the mountains here in Ecuador), to donate school supplies to our students as the school year is ending in the mountains and just beginning here on the coast.
I sent Monica a short list of supplies we could use during tutoring and was absolutely amazed and overwhelmed by the response she got from the students. She was able to send 6 giant boxes from Riobamba to Guayaquil filled with school supplies for our students to use both at school and during our tutoring program.
These 6 boxes included not only notebooks, pens, pencils, rulers and other useful school supplies – but one entire box of books – both academic and novels – to begin a small library in each neighborhood. We are so excited for the opportunities this will give our students to go above & beyond in their studies.
In her blog, Kids Supporting Kids, Monica writes,
We are so grateful to Monica for her energy and efforts in coordination, as well as Vice President of the Parents, Chela and Director of the school, Hugo for their dedication and drive to teach the values of solidarity and service to the students of COMIL – Colegio Militar Combatientes de Tapi N. 6. We hope this is a partnership that continues to be successful for many years to come!