Since 2014, I've been assisting with education in English and Computational Technology for children and youth. These have taken the form of parish English classes, assisting English teachers in school classrooms, private computer lessons, English homework tutoring, and remedial math tutoring. The emphasis is on the human and relationship-building dimension of these in both the way they are taught and the direction toward which they are aimed.
In March 2015, the daughters of two friends began writing to each other as penpals. Carolina in Chontal, Ecuador and Charlotte in Quincy, MA started sharing handwritten letters sent electronically. With help translating between the two languages, each was able to understand the other and a friendship has begun.
Carolina was affected by the landslides that occurred in Chontal in 2014, as her house was on the side of the mountain and the family had a horrific experience when a landslide knocked down a whole side of their house in the middle of the night. Her family received a part of the support that we were able to put together, and we've become friends.