A short while ago while Joe and I were sitting down for lunch, Sonia started to yell up the street from the tienda. Within seconds every man working at her house and everyone else living on our street were running down the street. Cars and trucks were started and off they went to centro. A fire at Sonia’s niece’s home in downtown Clemente was the reason.
No one had to think about it, no one stopped to do anything, they just all left to take care of this problem. What we see here in Ecuador is neighbor helping neighbor. We see very little police or government involvement in daily living. If there is a problem folks here find a way to solve it. If you need help all you have to do is ask and they are there for you.
We need to understand that we are part of a community of people who take charge when there is a situation that needs to be addressed. I am proud to be part of this community and hope to be able to take part to the best of my ability and fit in with these wonderful people.
I understand from one of the other neighbors that the damage to the home was extensive. I had called David Hitchcock so he will probably have some information on his blog. Figuring it Out in Ecuador at http://figuringitoutinecuador.wordpress.com/