This fall, we awarded 6 Volunteer Service Awards, three to 2Seeds Network volunteers, and three to Manna Project International volunteers. Melissa Picon is a program director with Manna Project International volunteering for 13 months (July 2015 to August 2016) in Ecuador’s Valle de los Chillos community, just an hour outside of Quito, Ecuador’s capital. Manna Project International volunteer program managers live and work together to implement a variety of community development programs focused on improving health, education and livelihoods for communities in need. Manna Project International’s work is built on the foundation of long-term commitment and earned trust. Melissa received a $2,500 award.
Tracy Lucas is planning in January 2016, to begin her 7-month volunteer assignment with Manna Project International as a program director, also working in Ecuador’s Valle de los Chillos community. She will be in charge of planning and running four programs – Small Business Development, Entrepreneurship Training, English Language, and Teen Center activities. She will use her business training and entrepreneurial experience to strengthen these programs. She was awarded a $2,000 grant.