One of the first things that Fr. Martin saw when he lived in a shanty town on the outskirts of Guayaquil was that the poorest people could not afford to feed their children.
“With the help of funds from back home we went out to buy the necessary pots and pans as well as food. A Soup Kitchen was set in 2004 and continues to run to this day, supported by donations the Ecuador Trust.”
“In the beginning the Soup Kitchen operated out of one of the bamboo huts (health and safety are not a priority in Ecuador) but when we received an anonymous donation during the course of that year, I decided that it could be best used exclusively to build a brick Soup Kitchen. From the outset the Kitchen was able to provide a meal for one hundred and fifty of the neediest children: a bowl of home-made soup, a cup of fruit juice and a plate of rice with chicken or beans, depending on what was available or cheap that day. I am glad to say that it was able to operate in that way until the day I left.” – Fr Martin Chambers Walking with the Poor