Summer volunteering opportunities


Every year the Centre for the Working Girl (CENIT) runs a special summer camp for children in Quito who have no hope of going on any kind of holiday. It’s a lively, fun project that involves informal lessons, swimming trips and games in the park. The summer camp can only happen with the help of a team of dedicated international volunteers. If you can commit at least four weeks of your time this July, please get in touch. The Centre can help with low-cost homestay accommodation.

See more about the role on CENIT’s website

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Find us on Facebook


Have you volunteered at CENIT? Would you like to see the latest updates from the centre? See our Facebook page to connect with other past volunteers and see more news from Ecuador.

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CENIT summer update

It’s summer at CENIT, and as the children take a break, Sonrisa is preparing to send over an annual donation to CENIT in time for the new term.

CENIT has had another busy, and at times challenging year. Take a look at their latest newsletter for updates and volunteering opportunities:

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Happy 2013 from Sonrisa!

Happy New Year from CENIT

Happy New Year and thank you to all Sonrisa supporters!

CENIT was again hugely grateful for the funds we were able to transfer last year. UK donations alone are paying the full salary of three teachers at the centre. That means your donations are directly offering an education to dozens of children who would otherwise miss out entirely.

Can we help even more young people in 2013? This year CENIT needs to do some building work to upgrade classrooms and improve the learning environment for all students and teachers.

Please think of Sonrisa if you have an opportunity this year to do some fundraising. From cake sales and cocktail parties to sponsored triathlons and treks – every donation is a great help.

Many of our supporters now take advantage of tax-free payroll giving – definitely worth signing up to if your employer supports it. Sonrisa is a UK registered charity, but we have no overheads here and ALL funds raised go straight to the CENIT organisation in Quito, Ecuador.

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Sonrisa funds reach CENIT

CENIT has sent a message of thanks to all UK donors whose fundraising topped £10,000 this year.

The centre has received the funds and has confirmed that they will cover the salaries of locally employed teachers, as well as giving targeted support to some of Quito’s most vulnerable working children.

A huge thanks to all supporters.

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Good job Jonny!

From all at Sonrisa and CENIT, we’d like to say a massive well done to Jonny Wood for his Bath half marathon success, which raised hundreds of pounds for youngsters in Quito.

Jonny completed the 13-mile course in an impressive 1hr and 49 minutes – not bad for someone who claims running is “massively out of character”!

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Our Huge Thanks To BPL Global

On behalf of the staff and children at the Centre For The Working Girl (CENIT) in Quito, Ecuador, the trustees of Sonrisa would like to extend a big thank you to all at BPL Global who have worked hard to send a very generous donation.

Sonrisa is a UK charity that fundraises on behalf of CENIT and sends over funds every year in a lump sum to reduce the costs involved in transferring money to Ecuador.

The funds we send over from UK donors are used largely to pay the salaries of the locally-employed teachers who work at CENIT, providing crucial educational opportunities for severely deprived children.

We would like BPL Global to know that their donation will make a major difference at CENIT – thank you.

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An Update From Quito

The team at the Centre for the Working Girl (CENIT) in Ecuador have put together an encouraging magazine looking back at the many great achievements of 2010.

From street dental clinics for working children to the impressive products made by the leather workshops, it’s brilliant to see the many different parts of the organisation have so much success.

Here’s hoping we can make 2011 an even brighter year for those youngsters in Quito who most need a chance in life.

Read CENIT’s full update here:

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Season’s Greeting’s from CENIT

The staff and students at the Centre for the Working Girl (CENIT) in Quito, Ecuador, have sent a heart-warming Christmas message:

The text in Spanish reads:

“Christmas is not just a moment nor a season, it’s a state of the heart. Solidarity, love and understanding are what make the true meaning of Christmas.

“All those at CENIT wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy 2011.”

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The Sonrisa website is under construction

We are revamping our website – please bear with us and visit again soon for the latest updates on Sonrisa’s fundraising activities for CENIT in Quito, Ecuador.

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