Many families in Verde Sumaco live outside of the village, on farms scattered around outlying areas. When the local school is in session, children and their parents travel on foot down the muddy, mosquito-infested paths that lead to town.
But community leaders had a vision for a safer way to get to school. And to bring that vision to life, they needed help using river rocks to pave the paths to and from town. This would not only make travel easier, it would also save them all the time it took to constantly cut and prune to keep the jungle from swallowing the paths back up.
As soon as each of our Academy Corps groups arrived in Verde Sumaco, the community put them to work, lifting rocks from the river, transporting them to the paths, and mixing the rocks with concrete to build durable, safe walkways.
And something else was built, too — the human connections that Inspire Hope.