Would it be possible for me to meet my sponsored child who lives in a remote Ecuadorian jungle?

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My husband and I are saving up money to go to Ecuador sometime in the next few years to see our kids there. My little girl from EC261 is smack dab in the middle of the jungle. Her page on the website says, "This community is accessible only by airplane and needs scholastic materials, roads and means of communication." How difficult does that make it for us to see her? Have any sponsors been to that center before or had a child from that center come to them in a different Ecuadorian city for a visit?

Also, does that mean it takes longer for her letters to reach me?

Thanks!!
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Debbie Skacel Tovar

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I had a correspondence girl from EC261.  When she lost her sponsor, I gave her up to someone that went to visit her after that.  They have the kids come to the Ecuador headquarters for Compassion.  EC261, if I remember correctly isn't a center, but I think the kids meet in small groups at the schools, and the missionary flies in every once in awhile, which, yeah, means the mail back and forth can be a bit slow.  I know there are a ton of active sponsors with EC261, so hopefully one of them will see this.
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Hi Marissa,
How exciting!  I sponsored a child in EC261 but she left the programme when she was 16. Correspondence was good. 
Would love to hear about your visit when you return!
Ceri (UK)
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Hi Marissa! I would imagine that traveling to this center or having your child travel to you in another part of Ecuador would be difficult/costly. However, we may be able to arrange it. I am checking with our visits team to find out if this has been done in the past and how hard it would be. I will let you know what I find out. I do know that several of our centers in Ecuador are quite remote and some have no transportation except for a backpacker who makes the trek monthly. I would imagine that your child's center is similar. 
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Thank you, Susan!
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Marissa, I just heard back from our visits team about visiting EC261. The country office in Ecuador has previously recommended having children from this center meet their sponsor in Quito instead of traveling to the center itself. The only way to the center is to charter a private flight from a local airline company. The weather conditions in this area are very unpredictable and often the airline will cancel the flights at a moments notice if the weather does not permit traveling. In addition, each flight is typically $500+. We sometimes work with a local mission company that flies into the area but those flights are just as unpredictable. Your child can be brought to you in Quito and this would be a much cheaper and easier option. 
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Also, I know I asked this about a month ago, but do I have any letters on the way from any of my kids? I still have not heard from Brigitte or Natalia. It is coming up on six months soon, and I am starting to worry. Thanks. # 3297568
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Marissa, after reviewing your account, it looks like a letter was sent to you from Brigitte towards the end of December. You should be receiving this very soon :). You can also be expecting new letters from Mayara and Wishenda. If you don't receive a new letter from Natalia by the middle of this month, please let us know and we can send an inquiry to our office in Ecuador. My hope is that there is a letter in process that we just do not see yet and that you will receive one shortly. 
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I actually just received the letter from Brigitte. It was a nice surprise! I will let you know if I do not receive a letter from Natalia. Also, thank you for all of the hard work you guys put in for the 1000 Kenyan kids. I am thankful for all of you!

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