This past Saturday bore witness to the second annual Manna Community Celebration in Rumiloma! Jack spearheaded the planning and execution of a festival on the Plaza Rumiloma, where the central church of Rumiloma is located just a few blocks down from our Centro. For the week prior, we talked up the celebration to everyone we met who it seemed likely might come: in our library, our classes, even on our beloved Capelo bus route between Sangolquí and Rumiloma. Following Ecuadorian cues of advertising, Jack and I both on multiple occasions stood up and made announcements and handed out fliers for the festival. Nerve racking at first, it ended up being a huge rush.
And must have been successful! Between 150 and 200 people turned up for the celebration that Saturday, children and adults alike. With Jack emceeing on the DJ’s microphone, we led activities all afternoon, from a water balloon toss to tug of war to an organized game of fútbol. Folks also bought raffle tickets throughout the afternoon, the prizes for which were a brand new chess set just donated over Christmas, coloring books and new crayons, Manna t-shirts, and Manna water bottles.
|Brock leads a game of Tug-of-War, or Juego de Cabo.|
|Hannah and Damian, who requested his face be painted like KISS.|
|Luke is the goose in Duck Duck Goose!|
|Becky and Ashley lead a Tae Bo class with kids on the lawn.|
|Aiming to catch the water balloon before it breaks on the concrete!|