55 Cents to Change the World

Fifty-five cents.
That’s what it costs to change a life.


Pam and I have lived in the Andes mountains of Ecuador for almost four years. We love the simple lifestyle, the slow pace, the gentle climate. But more than that, we love the people–especially the kind-hearted Indigenous people whose villages surround our little town of Cotacachi.

Ecuador is rich in culture and heritage and community. It is rich in family unity and honest values and a life of open-hearted welcome.  But in material things, most people are poor. Some are so poor they can barely acquire basic necessities of life. Some cannot afford the books and supplies needed to send their children to school.

Pam and both I grew up in families where education was highly valued, where learning was recognized as an important key to a better life. And so, when we came to Cotacachi, we became involved with It’s About Children, a wonderful organization whose sole purpose is to help promising Ecuadorian children gain an education.

Andy Euclides Gonzales Vinveza


Meet Andy. He’s in the 11th grade. He wants to be a doctor. This semester, his grade point average was 10.0—on a 10 point scale. That’s perfect! But without the help of the scholarship program at It’s About Children, Andy might not be able to go to school at all. And what a loss that would be!



Here in Ecuador, education is free, but many Indigenous families cannot afford the cost of books, uniforms, supplies, and other expenses associated with sending their children to school. For 55 cents a day, less than the price of a cup of coffee, a sponsor can send a child to school. $200 a year is all it takes for a child to get the education that can help to lift a family out of poverty and create a better future for everyone.

At It’s About Children, www.itsaboutchildren.org, we’re all about helping to change the world, one student at a time. Our scholarship students are bright and ambitious. They are required to maintain an 8.0 average to continue in the program. They are motivated. And they are appreciative:

There are many ways to say thank you to you for giving me an opportunity, for helping me, for helping young people with their learning, and helping these parents who don’t have money for the education of their children. I don’t have words to thank you enough for what you are doing for us. Many thanks. Samia.

When we give to It’s About Children, 100% of our donation goes to help promising  children in the villages around Cotacachi, Ecuador. It’s a tangible, hands-on way to make the world a better place.

At the moment we provide scholarship money for some 75 Indigenous students. But we can’t fund them all. More are waiting.

Maybe they’re waiting for you.

Won’t you join us? Go to www.itsaboutchildren.org to find out more and sign up to help.

Do it today. Your fifty-five cents can make all the difference.

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1 Response to 55 Cents to Change the World

  1. Maren says:

    Thank you so much for letting us know about this!! It sounds wonderful.

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