Semillas de Mostoza (Mustard Seed) and Manos Abiertas (Open Hands) After School Programs (ASPs) have for many years been a defining ministry of our community in Durán. These programs provide a healthy, safe and positive learning environment for over 150 of Durán’s most impoverished children. They have also been a favorite place for our retreat groups to come to know our neighbors. Semillas de Mostazajust a few blocks from the Arbolito Volunteer and Retreat House while Manos Abiertas is located across Durán in one of the city’s most neglected communities, 28 de Agosto. Each program provides tutoring and homework help, recreation, and a healthy snack. RdC volunteers serve as facilitators of these programs, usually 2 volunteers per site along with an Ecuadorian staff member.