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Government asks End the Cycle of Poverty to expand their program

End the Cycle of Poverty

Background – End the Cycle of Poverty was founded in 2013 by Suzanne Thurston at the request of the NGO, DyA. In 2015 DyA lost all government funding and closed down, so Suzanne and the volunteers continued the program on our own. Our model has been endorsed by the government in Quito and Azuay and they have recently asked us to expand. Our program is a collaboration between the government of Azuay which provides a classroom, pays the utilities and supervises our staff, the mothers who clean the classroom, and End the Cycle of Poverty which pays the salaries and provides volunteers.
Purpose - The purpose of End the Cycle of Poverty is to provide child care while the mothers attend classes in the evening. Before this program was initiated, the mothers would have to keep their children with them in the classroom. The added benefit of childcare is the stimulation it provides to the children. The volunteers play games, read books, conduct craft activities and serve dinner to the children.

Summary of Monthly Expenses - Note that volunteers and organizers are not paid.
Professional Teacher: $200 month
Trained infant caregiver: $150 month
Supplies: $100 month This includes art/paper supplies, diapers, etc.
Currently, only $200 of the salaries of the employees are covered by regular monthly donations. However, all of the other expenses of the End the Cycle of Poverty program, other than salaries, are covered by donations from our volunteers. For example, in addition to donating their time and energy in working at the daycare center, volunteers also provide the evening meal, as well as donate toys, books and craft supplies. Therefore, we are seeking additional sustaining members.
A sustaining membership is a pledge of on-going support so that organizers will know that the expenses of running the daycare will be covered by donations on a monthly basis.
Without sustaining members who have committed to a regular donation, we never know from one month to the next if we will have the funds to continue this very worthwhile program.
To become a sustaining member, please email your name and the amount of support that you are pledging each month. It can be as little as $1 or $5 per month. The important thing is that we can count on that income to cover the expenses, and make long-term plans.
You can make a difference in the lives of local women who have returned to school to continue their education, as well as their children by supporting this worthwhile program.
Please contact Suzanne Thurston at suzthurston@earthlink.net if you wish additional information, or to sign up to be a sustaining member. Please put DayCare in the subject line of your email. Payments can be made through Paypal or monthly electronic deposit to a bank account in the US or in Ecuador. Thank you.

Suzanne Thurston: 098 146 2888. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca