WHAT IS BONSAI?
Bonsai is an after-school program for children of families in need in Manta, Ecuador. We work in collaboration with families, local schools, and volunteers to promote the well-being and development of participating children. Bonsai is a ministry of Inca Link International in partnership with Iglesia Bíblica Bautista de Manta (Bible Baptist Church of Manta). We began working with children and their parents in February of 2016.
WHAT’S THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE NAME “BONSAI”?
The name “Bonsai” is taken from a centuries-old Japanese art form in which miniature trees are attentively nourished and shaped over time. The artist must carefully take into account the individuality of his subject in an ongoing, long-term process, ultimately resulting in a beautiful fusion of natural growth and personal cultivation.
The art of bonsai is, in many ways, a metaphor for the impact we aim to have on the children and families with whom we work. Through the program, we are able to take part in shaping and cultivating the lives of these children and families as they develop, striving together with them to bring about positive change. We aim to engage families with utmost care, treating them with dignity and recognizing their unique family dynamics and circumstances.