Madelu and I participated in a joyous event sponsored by Madelu’s non-profit organization, Fundacion Conexion Vital.
The event brought together approx 180 of the very poor, elderly, indigenous. The local Cotacachi municipality provided the venue with tents and chairs, and arrangaed for SantaClaus’s arrival in a wagon pulled by three large, cooperative mules. They also arranged for Spanish Christmas music and a synchronized dance by a group of lovely young indigenous dancers.
The wagon was carrying a generous supply of candy bags supplied by the Fundacion, and these were handed-out at the conclusion of the festivities. Two popular local restaurants, Coo Coo’s Nest and Solid Rock, provided delicious food (lasagne and arroz relleno, and special Christmas cakes).
It was a heart-warming and fun celebration, and we hope to do more of these in the future!