Awaken

learning. exploring. volunteering.

The campaign

ABROAD

Check out our fundraiser on GoFundMe! Our target goal is to raise $10,000 by  the New Year to build a new foundation.

The Awaken youth foundation is a safe haven for at-risk youth in Quito, Ecuador—kids who come from broken families, suffer abuse, work in the streets, sell drugs, or have parents in jail—and we need a place for them to go. Fortunately, another youth foundation has taken in the kids until we establish a new center. Please help us reach our goal! Whether you share our posts or make a financial contribution, every little bit of help counts.    

These kids deserve SO much, and we want to provide them with a fun and safe space that they are excited to come to after school each day. After our former foundation was recently demolished, we have purchased a new space, but it needs to be nearly entirely rebuilt and furnished. Our vision for the new foundation includes a kitchen for cooking classes, a silent study and a communal study room, a computer lab, an art room for painting, music, and theater, a safe space for therapy, and a big grassy area for sports. 

We appreciate everyone's love and support during this crucial transition point at Awaken! 

Check out our fundraiser on GoFundMe! Our target goal is to raise $10,000 by the New Year to build a new foundation.

The Awaken youth foundation is a safe haven for at-risk youth in Quito, Ecuador—kids who come from broken families, suffer abuse, work in the streets, sell drugs, or have parents in jail—and we need a place for them to go. Fortunately, another youth foundation has taken in the kids until we establish a new center. Please help us reach our goal! Whether you share our posts or make a financial contribution, every little bit of help counts.    

These kids deserve SO much, and we want to provide them with a fun and safe space that they are excited to come to after school each day. After our former foundation was recently demolished, we have purchased a new space, but it needs to be nearly entirely rebuilt and furnished. Our vision for the new foundation includes a kitchen for cooking classes, a silent study and a communal study room, a computer lab, an art room for painting, music, and theater, and a big grassy area for sports. 

We appreciate everyone's love and support during this crucial transition point at Awaken! 

The campaign

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youth foundation

When you volunteer with Awaken, you will be truly living and volunteering — experiencing Ecuador. Volunteers work during the week at the foundation and have the opportunity to travel and explore Ecuador on the weekends. The objective is to generate an educational, positive, and caring atmosphere and empower our youth to build strategies toward self-improvement. 

Volunteer objectives include:

↝ Organize and lead different activities, including:
          ↝ art
          ↝ painting
          ↝ theatre
          ↝ music
          ↝ dance
          ↝ sports
          ↝ yoga

↝ Create a strategy to engage kids with a fixed schedule in a manner that is enjoyable for them

↝ Help them identify life opportunities and lifestyle changes

The development and progression experienced by the children at the foundation is not supported by the lifestyle at home. We have observed that when the children return home each night, the challenges at home set back their progression. In efforts to support the children, the foundation strives to provide the families with the same educational and development support.

Many of these families live in a state of poverty. In order to break this cycle of poverty and improve the state of living for the entire family, we are starting an entrepreneurship program for the parents of the youth. This opportunity will provide those who are released from prison a second chance at life, as they often find themselves unemployable after a prison sentence.

The entrepreneurship program will include the areas of baking, construction, and carpentry. We are providing them with consistent employment and income, as well as the dignity that comes from having a job. By joining this endeavor, you will share your knowledge and skills with them and become a part of the Awaken team, building something bigger than yourself. 



ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM

ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM

ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM

The development and progression experienced by the children at the foundation is not supported by the lifestyle at home. We have observed that when the children return home each night, the challenges at home set back their progression. In efforts to support the children, the foundation strives to provide the families with the same educational and development support.

Many of these families live in a state of poverty. In order to break this cycle of poverty and improve the state of living for the entire family, we are starting an entrepreneurship program for the parents of the youth. This opportunity will provide those who are released from prison a second chance at life, as they often find themselves unemployable after a prison sentence.

The entrepreneurship program will include the areas of baking, construction, and carpentry. We are providing them with consistent employment and income, as well as the dignity that comes from having a job. By joining this endeavor, you will share your knowledge and skills with them and become a part of the Awaken team, building something bigger than yourself.