Lorena and her family were members of the Working Boys Center and she studied industrial sewing in their trade school. They came from Loja, in the region where David disappeared in 2002, and eventually left the center as it was too burdensome to travel there daily.
How she became involved in DEOF:
When she was eleven years old, she had Mike as a math teacher. When Mike informed her that the family needed to return to the United States, it was Lorena’s reaction that forced Mike and Maggie to consider their further involvement helping those in Ecuador.
A few years later, she was spotted on a bus, and then eventually a bakery where she was working, Mike and Maggie were able to find Lorena, meet with her family, and discuss how they could help Lorena moving forward.
How DEOF has helped:
Receiving full tuition (and additional relocation) assistance from the Fund, Lorena studied clothing design at Universidad Technologica Equinoccial (UTE) and graduated in 2016. She continues to benefit from David’s Fund, attending leadership conferences and seminars in Ecuador. Her family also benefits from the Fund, as her brother Carlos and sister Maribel are current students!