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This fundraiser ended on 07/10/12

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Eli has never been able to meet his grandparents or anyone else from his Ecuadorian family that are yearning to meet him.

Eli has never been able to meet his grandparents, aunts, uncles, or cousins and they have not been able to meet him either. I, Abbie (Eli's mother) am working and going to the university but I have found it very difficult to save money. Eli's father, Carlos, is from Ecuador and has found it difficult to find employment here in the US and therefore we cannot afford the trip without help.

We desperately need donations to help fund our trip, and to prove just how much we and our family in Ecuador want it and how appreciative we are of your support, Carlos will be climbing one of the highest active volcano in the world upon our arrival. Cotopaxi is a stratovolcano in the Andes Mountains, reaching a height of 19,347 ft. It has one of the few equatorial glaciers in the world, which starts at the height of 16,400 ft. It is active but has not erupted for awhile. It is not an easy climb. Please support Carlos’ climb for Eli and his Ecuadorian family.

If we meet our goal and are able to make the trip, I (Abbie) will also do volunteer work to pass on the help that we have received on to the less fortunate there in Ecuador. I am already registered with EcuadorVolunteer, a volunteer organization in Quito that has many great volunteering options all across the country. I would love to volunteer my time with the street children in Quito and with different indigenous communities around Ecuador. Your help in allowing this to happen would be greatly appreciated. We would love for Eli to meet the other members of his family that love him and have sadly not been able to be in his life. I have outlined the costs of the trip below and attatched a link for EcuadorVolunteer.

Cost of trip:
$1300 Plane ticket for Abbie
$1300 Plane ticket for Carlos
$800 Plane ticket for Eli
$105 Cost for a passport for Eli
$400 Spending money for food and transportation and small treats for children in need

Total: $3,905

http://www.ecuadorvolunteer.org/ (unless we have money leftover I will only be considering their "free" projects)
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