2011 Heart Strings Project {The READ Organization}

When the world suddenly fills with so much possibility, you can’t help but day dream. What might be? What could be? What will be? I love living in possibility!

This summer, as many of you know, I volunteered my time and love for photography… and headed to rural Cotopaxi, Ecuador with The READ Organization – as a part of my personal 2011 Heart Strings Project. While we were there The READ Organization and an exceptional group of volunteers, along with many local community members completed the very first Regional Community Library in the area. Did you catch that? THE VERY FIRST! EVER!!!

The concept of a library was totally foreign to many who live in the region. “What do you mean? We come and take a book home, for FREE… then return it when we are done?” It is a crazy concept, really… and one I never spent a lot of time thinking about. But, HOLY COW… all these pages of all these books can be yours! You want to learn about spiders? Done! You want to see where Burundi is? Done! You want to learn English? Done! The world suddenly is filled with more possibility… because of access to books, computers, building blocks and puzzles. Think how that could change someone’s life? Someone’s community? I was so honored to be witness to it! And I want to share a piece of it with you…

Below is the slide show that I put together with just a small portion of the photos I took while I was there to document the work that was done. Each photo has a story, and I wish I could tell you them all… but when you watch it I hope you let their sweet faces sink deep into your heart.

And if your heart strings are being pulled to help… please get in touch with me or reach out to The Read Organization… there is still much to be done!

Love to you! And CHEERS to all of you who are working hard to be a part of something bigger than yourself…whatever it may be… to make the world a better place!





I am currently searching for the perfect 2012 Heart Strings Project. If you know of an incredible non-profit, that may need help in telling their story through photographs… please have them get in touch.  I would love to hear more!

Twila MedfordSeptember 2, 2011 - 2:57 am

You are simply amazing. The slide show is beautiful. I just can’t stop looking at the wonderful people on both sides of the equator and listening to the most appropriate music that so says it all. big hugs for a tremendous undertaking.

KateSeptember 1, 2011 - 5:03 pm

Hi Betty~ I just sent you an e-mail with more information! Perfect!

Betty Lou HubbardSeptember 1, 2011 - 4:54 pm

Would you allow me to have the pictures to use for our Mission Committee prayer calendar? It consists of about 12 people who receive an e-mail from me weekly with scripture references and description of the prayer focus for the week.

First United Methodist Church, Waynesville, NC (Ginny McNair’s home Church)

KateSeptember 1, 2011 - 5:10 am

Thank you so much, Deb. Yes, it was a wonderful experience… so glad you were a part of it!! xo Kate

Deborah MockAugust 31, 2011 - 10:08 pm

Kate, you did an absolutely amazing job capturing the beautiful,grateful spirits of the Equadorian people we were so fortunate to meet. I think you also did an amazing job capturing the joy we all felt just being a part of the READ mission. God has certainly blessed you with many gifts! Thank you, Deb

p.s. I have some good pictures of you too–hope to get them up soon.

Lindsay CaroleAugust 31, 2011 - 2:10 pm

These are beautiful, Kate! I can tell you poured your heart and soul into them!

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