Frater Benjamin Le SVD returns home this week after two years in Ecuador, satisfying the Cross-Cultural Training Program (CTP) portion of his formation. A photographer by profession, Ben captured the life of the people. Today, we present the final of his latest three-part series.
By Ben Le SVD
It is lunch time, and this little girl is getting her donated food. Like her family, she is homeless and lives in a tent close to our SVD chapel.
The plastic sheets over the tents are used for protection from rain, which can sometimes be relentless.
Volunteers cooked for the people.
The most affected people are the children, but thanks be to God, nothing dampens their spirits, not even an earthquake; they play, sing, run, and sometimes they cry.
People are starting to rebuild.
There once were houses on this pier.
The people make due with what they have.
These children are deaf. They make motions at the windows to see if we would give them cookies. Unfortunately, I did not have any.
These sisters coordinate relief effort for the camp around the SVD chapel. During their free time, they make rosaries to give away. Here, they are teaching a visiting priest how to make one.
A water truck came, and everyone is happy. The water is donated by the town of Guayaquil.
Messages of hope for the people in the camp.