Model community center in Ecuador

La Casa del Arbol is located in the Floresta neighborhood on Quito’s western slope. It is a community space, offering classes and workshops, and works to promote interpersonal relationships between neighbors and people who frequent the house.

Reading groups for children and their parents, a weekly farmers market, and weaving workshops are just some of the activities offered in this space.

“For us the library is a very important space, because it is a launching pad to take back reading, because in today’s world there is the influence of television, of videogames, of screens, telephones, and here children leave this technology and we can emphasize reading physical books. So that is how this space came to be on Mondays, which is called Afternoons of Free Play and Reading,” Casa del Arbol Maria community member Jose Flores told teleSUR English.

Every Wednesday local products are sold in this multi-functional space, in a market called the Zapallo Verde.

This content was originally published by teleSUR at the following address:
http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Quitos-Casa-del-Arbol-Strengthens-Community-20150911-0028.html”

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