It’s Saturday in a cold, mountainous community of southern Ecuador — and for many children in the area, that means one thing: It’s Compassion day. Separately and together, they make their way to the center. Some arrive on foot, while others travel on the community bus or by motorcycle.
Many families in this area earn a living through agriculture. With adults spending up to 14 hours a day working in the fields, children are often left alone. But Saturdays are different. The center is a bustling place of love and hope, where children feel heard, seen and known. This particular day is even more special as the children continue a monthly tradition they’ve come to know and love.