The Quetzaltrekkers Street Camp Out is a 24 hour event where volunteers from the organization camp out in the streets of León experiencing what it is like to live like the street kids do on a daily basis. With this event Miguel Canto and his colleagues want to build awareness of the issue and by the same time fundraise for a project that continually works towards bringing opportunities for a better future to the kids. All generated funds will be donated to Las Chavaladas, one of Quetzaltrekkers’ supported local social projects.
Check up with Miguel Canto – 23 hours on the street – he is already familiar with the asphalt. After a rain storm hit León last night at 8:30 pm he was able to slept from 2 am to 4 am and 6 am to 8 am. Around midnight some street kids were gathering with him asking why he is sleeping on the street while having a home he can go to. After telling his story they didn’t leave Miguel alone. One of the kids brought a branch to defend Miguel if some drunken men would show up and would want to mess around. That wasn’t the case instead Miguel woke up at 8 am because a homeless man was holding his hand sleeping next to him. At the end of our visit Miguel said:
“24 hours is not enough to experience what their life is like.”
He will continue his inspiring work. For more information about the work of the NGO Quetzaltrekkers please follow this link.