Changing Lives in Ecuador
“My job is to fix kids who are broken,” said a school psychologist who attended the first ISP conference in Ecuador.
Over two hundred teachers attended the conference, representing at least 5,000 students plus their families. “We saw this (conference) as a way to multiply,” says Armando, a key organizer in Ecuador. “This event overcame our expectations.”
The training also met many needs of educators.
Broken lives abound in Ecuador. The divorce rate is reported to be 87%. Sexual assault of minors runs rampant in schools, according to some of the teachers’ stories. Thus teachers face many challenges when working with their students.
The DreamMaker conference, introducing the curriculum that addresses youth issues such as addictions and relationships, was extremely well-received. Here are some of the responses from the teachers:
“I feel an urgency to share this curriculum. I can’t let more time go by and allow another generation to be lost.”
“You have helped me understand why I chose to become a teacher.”
“My life has been changed.”
In Ecuador we are blessed with a dedicated national team who will be responsible for follow-up after this conference. “I worked in district #6 as a psychologist but am retired now,” says Soledad. “I will do follow-up in this district, and I am so thankful for all your team has given.”