The Barrios of Manta

The Barrios of Manta In February Earle and Rhoda Brooks a young sales engineer and his schoolteacher wife left home and friends in Illinois to serve as members of the Peace Corps in Manta Ecuador This book is an

  • Title: The Barrios of Manta
  • Author: Rhoda Brooks
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  • Page: 129
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  • The Barrios of Manta

    In February 1962, Earle and Rhoda Brooks, a young sales engineer and his schoolteacher wife, left home and friends in Illinois to serve as members of the Peace Corps in Manta, Ecuador This book is an account of their life in the Peace Corps The first book ever written by Peace Corps volunteers, it is a revealing chronicle of personal involvement, of people from vastly diIn February 1962, Earle and Rhoda Brooks, a young sales engineer and his schoolteacher wife, left home and friends in Illinois to serve as members of the Peace Corps in Manta, Ecuador This book is an account of their life in the Peace Corps The first book ever written by Peace Corps volunteers, it is a revealing chronicle of personal involvement, of people from vastly different cultures learning to know one another on the level of their common humanity.Earle and Rhoda begin their story with their decision to enlist as trainees in President Kennedy s people to people grassroots aid program They describe their jubilation at being accepted, the initial testing in Chicago, and the briefings in New York With warmth and humor, they recount their experiences during the four month training period in Puerto Rico This was a time of trials and learning, of physical exertion and mental and emotional challenge Of the 100 men and women who had formed their original group, 61, including Earle and Rhoda Brooks, graduated from trainees to volunteers.Earle and Rhoda were assigned to a community development project in Manta, a small fishing village on the coast of Ecuador Here they would spend two years, working with the people, helping them to help themselves.The Brookses story of Peace Corps life in Ecuador is no simple success story, no tale of triumph over staggering odds, rather it is one of beginnings, as these two young Americans put all their skills, knowledge, compassion, and ingenuity into an effort to provide humanitarian grassroots help in alleviating poverty and disease.Their story also shares what they learned from their humble fisher people friends and neighbors From their rich and varied experience emerges a picture of Latin American life far different in focus, and in many respects, far truer, than that of learned economists and political pundits It is an intimate, human picture of a land filled with paradoxes and beset by problems that yield no easy solutions It is a picture of a quest for learning and sharing, not on a soapbox or in the press, but in the hearts and minds of the common people.Now, in 2012, on the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Peace Corps and fifty years after their decision to join the Peace Corps, Rhoda Brooks has created a new Foreward and Afterword, to highlight the intervening years during which she and her husband adopted two Ecuadorian youngsters, ages 2 and 4, and brought them home to Minnesota She tells of the growing up years of Carmen and Koki Ricardo in a suburban community west of Minneapolis, the birth of their biological son and the adoption of a mixed race daughter three years later Brooks explores the challenges and opportunities presented in the raising of their bi racial family, the pain and sorrow of the untimely deaths of her husband Earle and their daughter, Josie, as well as the excitement and apprehension generated by the return to Manta for a visit when the children were in their teens Brooks continues the Afterword with the return to Manta of her five Ecuadorian grandchildren who, then in their teens, went to explore their roots and meet their own biological grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins She concludes the final part of her story with an update into the lives of her seven grandchildren and the arrival of new great grandson, Brooks.

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    1. Jeff Fearnside

      [This is my review that first appeared on the Peace Corps Writers website.]Originally published by New American Library in 1965, The Barrios of Manta was republished last year as an eBook in honor of the Peace Corps’ 50th anniversary. It remains not only an important document of the Peace Corps’ first work in Ecuador but also an engaging portrait of a fascinating couple, Rhoda and Earle Brooks, the married volunteers who lived in one of the poorest barrios in the drought-stricken fishing por [...]

    2. Julie Leicester

      This memoir is genuine, warm, honest and incredible. It is hard to believe that people like Earle and Rhoda Brooks truly exist. They wanted to make a difference in the world and jumped at applying for Kennedy's new Peace Corp program in the early 60s. Making it through the application process and the training period are two awesome feats in and of themselves, but they went on to completely immerse themselves in underdeveloped, poverty stricken living conditions to be accessible to everyone, to l [...]

    3. Lynne

      I really didn't know what to expect, but knowing Rhoda, I should have had an inkling that it would be well written and interesting. I have a lot of respect for this woman whom I consider a friend through our church.

    4. Nuzhat

      As the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps approaches, I read this book from the early times. Life in the PC was different in the early 60s. I would like to read an update of what has happened in the 45+ years since they left Ecuador with 2 local children and one of their own on the way.

    5. Guanajasharon

      Inspiring book. Takes one back in time when things were upbeat and more people wanted to help others and less politics involved.

    6. Rhoda Brooks

      This is a fun book, written by two returned Peace Corps Volunteers, my husband, Earle and I, Rhoda Brooks. It was the very first ever published memoir by a PC volunteer in 1965! There are several very fine reviews, which are available as you scroll down. It is also available as a gift which you can purchase and give to others as a holiday gift if you wish! It has many highlights, but among the enduring memories are the adoption of two Ecuadorian children ages 2 and 4, when we left the country to [...]

    7. S. Collin

      I love of the Brooks recounted their experiences with the viewpoint of being responsible world citizens without pushing a politic agenda. There elements of a novel in this memoir mitigating a cut and dry narration.

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