Half way there: GoFundMe for Nimmy

GoFundMe link:
https://www.gofundme.com/f/nimmy-needs-your-help?utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=m_pd+share-sheet&utm_medium=copy_link_all

PayPal: you can transfer money to sjminer@hotmail.com and say “Nimmy” in your note.

While Nimmy waits for the administrative wheels to turn, we want to continue our campaign to assist her with her upcoming work visa application and relocation expenses. Many of you know and love Nimmy. She has a huge heart and has provided the gringo community with home care, cooking, and administrative services. She has also been a caretaker to those in need. We have benefited from her skills, her perfect English, trustworthiness, kindness, gentleness, and honesty.

Unfortunately, this work does not provide a dependable income. It is barely enough to live on or to obtain the medications she requires. The good news is that there are job opportunities in Canada for someone with Nimmy’s skills.

And now we all – you and me and our friends – have the opportunity to help her get there. This is her pathway to a new life, citizenship, the chance to continue her nursing education and, at some point, being reunited with her son who is currently a successful college student in India.

Nimmy needs:
an airline ticket
the Canadian work visa application fee
living expenses for a month
winter clothing
funds for Airbnb during the required Covid-19 quarantine period
additional expenses such as the cost of having documents couriered from India.

Our goal is to raise these funds by the middle/end of March.

Any amount and every social media share is appreciated, as the funds raised will go towards a real and sustainable future for Nimmy.

On behalf of Nimmy, we all thank you very much.

Jane Miner: jminer83@hotmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Paulina Urgiles needs our help

Many of you know Paulina, who is finishing law school at the University of Cuenca and will be graduating mid-2021. Like many, she has been struggling to support herself and has been cutting hair and helping people resolve billing or financial problems. She is weighed down by medical debt owed to IESS that is keeping her from moving forward with her life.

Paulina’s dream is to start a pro bono law practice defending the vulnerable members of society, specializing in LBGTI persons suffering discrimination, physical attacks or even death. Ecuador’s constitution guarantees equal rights to all, but the reality on the ground is quite different. Paulina would like to make the reality match the ideals written in law but not enforced.

During the quarantine Paulina organized a food drive for vulnerable persons with no other means of finding food, and helped distribute food parcels to people in need.

I have established a GoFundMe page for Paulina at https://gofund.me/bdc0a793 where you can make a donation. Her debt is over $20,000 but any amount will help Paulina in paying down the debt to IESS. The GoFundMe page has more details about the situation here in Ecuador for LBGTI persons.

Paulina is a neighbor of mine and I have gotten to know her well over the past year through the quarantine.

If you wish to contact Paulina directly her email address is paulinaurgiles4@gmail.com and her phone number is 098 890 7549.

Ann Fourt: annfourt@gmail.com 098 995 7953. Call after: 10 AM.

City: Cuenca

Expat in need

Dear Friends,

There is an expat here who needs your help. Stephen Taylor, has been here just over 5 years and was selling art and various creations at ferias to make a living. Over the past year, his health deteriorated and he sustained tremendous weight loss and debilitating weakness. He can only get around with using a walker. Because of the year’s quarantine due to Covid, and the disappearance of ferias, he has had virtually no income to pay for any kind of injuries. He needs hip surgery which is totally unaffordable at this point as the cost is about $2500 for the metal necessary to perform the surgery, apparently, and replace his fractured bones. It would also help with the recuperation he will need for two weeks. In the meanwhile, his muscle weakness increases, and his situation becomes more tenuous.

Times are hard for many nowadays but still, I am reaching out to the expat community to see if you can help this man in whatever ways you can. There is another person trying to help him now, and you can contact him to contribute, or offer other resources. Any contributions are much appreciated and will be used to help him in this situation.

If wishing to contribute, please telephone Mike at 097 935 9227 or 099 101 9542.

Thank you.

Diana Vera: 099 174 4740. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Thank you for supporting Esperanza Thrift Shop’s ongoing success

Did you know that Esperanza Thrift Shop has been serving the Cuenca community for over 4 years now? In 2020, sales from the Thrift Shop contributed $16,740 to our programs here at Hogar de Esperanza (Home of Hope), and we gave away $6,675 worth of clothing to those in need. Through your generous donations of used items, we have additionally been able to provide beds, furniture, household items, kitchen utensils and more to those living on the edge and not able to afford such simple comforts.

We are grateful to all of you who support our Thrift Shop, either through your purchases or donations of items. If you are looking for somewhere to donate used items that you no longer need or want, we would gladly accept them with our commitment of putting them to the best use possible helping those in need. We accept donations of items Monday through Friday, from 10 AM to 5 PM. You can either drop them off at Esperanza Thrift Shop, located at Juan Montalvo 8-18 and Sucre, in Cuenca, or you can contact us for a pick-up. Thank you for your support.

Garry Vatcher: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 6 AM.

Volunteer in Mexico – Out of school and no work?

I have been affiliated with All Hands and Hearts (5013c) based in US for many years. AHAH is a rapid and ongoing response organization after natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, and earthquakes. Some of the programs have restarted with new criteria for volunteering. I bring this information to the community as many of us are trying to give a “leg up” to out of work and downtrodden younger people here in Ecuador (out of school up to age 50).

An opportunity to volunteer in Oaxaca, MX has just opened up. The new requirement is minimum of 8 weeks. They pay all transportation and a $150 month stipend for the days off required. All food and housing included. The job is to build a school. This is manual labor at its best, and the community one works with is fantastic. There is also possibility of staying with the program and even possibly getting a paid job.

I have almost all the gear needed for this adventure (air mattress, sheet, pillow, gloves, goggles, masks, etc.) I will be happy to loan this stuff out for someone who will represent us well.

It you have a person in mind, write me and we can discuss at length. Program will run April 16 – June 12. Imperative to get the application in early as the slots fill up fast. I have the full description and application.

Kimberly Ruth Curls: curlskim@hotmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Landslide victims

Thank you for your generosity. So far you have given just over $1,000 to help over 100 families who have been displaced because of the landslide in Chunchi! That money plus the clothing that we have to donate will go a long way towards helping them.

If you haven’t contributed yet and would still like to, we will continue to turn your donations into the food and other items that they need. Donation methods are below, just choose the way that works best for you.

To give in Ecuador:

Hearts of Gold, Cuenta de ahorros JEP
Account number: 406079928700
RUC number: 0190395251002

* PayPal – please note “landslide”: jeffrey@jlsdesigns.net

* Online: https://www.cuencasoupkitchen.org/

This will be a long process and these families are going to need much more help in rebuilding. Thank you for helping them.

You can contact us at info@cuencasoupkitchen.org

Des Dizney, Bill O’Brien, and Smith

City: Cuenca

Free pick up of used/old computer equipment for donation

We are collecting any used working or non-working (if we can repair it we will donate it) computer equipment and old webcams that you don’t use any longer. We pass on to foundations or kids who are attending virtual classes from home due to the corona virus pandemic.

Pick up from your place is free, just send us an email, call, or WhatsApp.

Thanks,

Xavier 099 283 4406 / xzhindon@yahoo.com
Rick 093 921 8828 / smith4r@gmail.com

Rick: smith4r@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Landslide victims need your help

An 82-year-old woman was rescued alive, after being dragged by the massive slide that occurred in Chunchi.

Her son, 50, was trapped beneath a structural pillar which broke his legs.

These are just two of the hundreds of people impacted by this landslide.

Chunci and Changchan, Ecuador were hit by a massive landslide on February 12, 2021, displacing hundreds and threatening to displace many more.

Changchan, a small town, could disappear and Chunchi is also in danger. Many families have been evacuated from their homes. These families are currently being housed in schools and makeshift shelters. The pandemic makes this an extremely dangerous situation.

The Cuenca Soup Kitchen in partnership with Hearts of Gold ask for your help. We are collecting donations in order to send needed items including:

* masks and alcohol
* non-perishable food
* diapers
* sanitary napkins
* clothing
* bedding and more
* Please choose the donation method that is easiest for you below.

To give in Ecuador:

Hearts of Gold, Cuenta de ahorros JEP
Account number: 406079928700
RUC number: 0190395251002

PayPal – please indicate “landslide” in the notes: jeffrey@jlsdesigns.net

Online: https://www.cuencasoupkitchen.org/

Thank you, without you this would not be possible,
Des Dizney, Bill O’Brien and Smith

Photo Credit and source TV Chunchi

Cuenca Soup Kitchen Directors: .

City: Cuenca

Giving new purpose to things you no longer need

What does Hogar de Esperanza do with your donations of clothing and household items? First and foremost, we give them away to those who are most in need of them with great care taken to ensure that nothing goes to waste. Any extra items are sold in Esperanza Thrift Shop, where all of the proceeds go back into supporting the foundation’s mission of helping those in greatest need.

Are you moving soon – perhaps across town or maybe even back home – and you have items that you can’t take with you? Do you wish you had someone to come carry away those items remaining after your moving sale, that you don’t know what to do with? Were you just spring-cleaning last week, and came across clothes in your closets that you no longer wanted? If you would like to do some incredible things with those items you no longer need or want, let us turn them into something valuable to help those in need.

We accept anything that you wish to donate, and put it to immediate use. You can come by Esperanza Thrift Shop, which is located at 8-18 Juan Montalvo y Mariscal Sucre, to drop off items Monday through Friday from 10 AM – 5 PM, and Saturday from 10 AM – 2 PM. We also do pick-ups of donations, so feel free to contact us to arrange a time. Thank you so much for your support of Hogar de Esperanza – we could not do any of this without you. https://hogaresperanza.org/en/donations/

Teresa Eklund: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

Nearly one year of Covid response – and we carry on with your help

We’ve been on a roll. It’s coming up on one year now where we’ve been providing an array of unique services to those most affected by the impacts of Covid here in Ecuador. This crisis has exhausted everyone, everywhere, including the many organizations who have been helping. Many have had to scale back or even stop their means of assistance.

However, here at Hogar de Esperanza (Home of Hope), we carry on with new energy. We have recently increased our medical, nutritional and psychological support to those most vulnerable, as we continue to see their daily situations worsen. Covid has affected so many, and for those who were already sick and poor – those already living on the edge – they have felt the brunt of it.

In order to continue our level of support to those in greatest need, we need to raise at least $5,000 during the month of February. We are eternally grateful for your support since the beginning of this crisis, and we know that together we can continue our life-saving work here in our Cuenca community. Please help at whatever level you can – every little bit helps!

To help us continue to help those in need, you can donate at: https://www.givingway.com/donate/fundacion-hogar-de-esperanza, or visit our website for other donation options: https://hogaresperanza.org/en/donations/. We also accept cash and local bank transfers – contact us for more information. Thank you so much – we cannot do this without you!

Garry Vatcher: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

Paws with Hope

Hello Friends of Paws with Hope. We are very grateful for the support we receive. We have been able to place 5 dogs into their forever homes in the past couple of months bringing us down to 8 dogs and 3 cats who are still under our care full time. 3 of these dogs are not very happy living in the pack and are looking for their forever families. To inquire about an adoptable dog please send me a message.

As for the 3 cats, Jake tested postive for feline leukemia so at this moment in time our doors are closed to taking in and placing more cats. Jake’s treatment is not cheap and the other 2 cats that are residing here need to be tested and if they are negative they need to be vaccinated against feline Leukemia. The vaccine came to Cuenca only a few months ago so it was not available here when they were young kittens. We are low on funding and the cost for the needed vet care for these 2 cats is about $90 plus the cost of transportation.

Another one of our dogs needs vet care for his teeth. This may cost about $60 depending on if he needs teeth removed. There is a mini pack of about 8 street dogs who have adopted us as their resource for food. Pictured in the first picture below is Oscar who is one of these dogs. He comes here to sleep from time to time. He is a low maintenance dog and does not seem to bother our pack at all. I do not think he is ready to stay here full time as he enjoys coming and going. The rest of the street dogs we care for are either too scared to let us touch them or come and go just like Oscar. We would like to continue to feed these dogs for as long as we can. Any contribution would help greatly.

We are always in need of dog food, cat food, cat litter, leashes and collars, used pillows, blankets, towels, and cleaning supplies. To meet our tribe please send me a message.
Paypal: Pawswithhopecuenca@yahoo.com

JD

City: Cuenca

Photos

Hearts of Gold month activities

Dear Community, In 2021, the best wishes for you, that your personal and professional projects will be a success.

At Hearts of Gold, we started this year with confidence and hope. Your support and trust allow us to keep working to benefit the vulnerable families of our community. All January, we have been planning our actions for this year in the areas of social programs, community alliances, finances, communication, education, and emergency solutions.

Big news! We are excited to announce that we are going to receive a new partner organization in our Community Assistance Program.

Thanks to the support of generous donors and friends; the All Children Deserve to Dream Program has been relaunched with total success. We fulfilled the dreams of four lucky children.

1- A brave explorer; who wanted to climb a mountain.
2- Two happy and smart girls; who wanted to be princesses for a day.
3- A movie lover, who wanted to go to the movies with her parents.
All children enjoyed the experiences, gained confidence in the future, and boosted the self-esteem.
Check the link below to watch a lovely video of our little friend and his dream.
https://fb.watch/3nP4Jb5u0g/

Emergency Food Program: The joint program with our friends of Cuenca Soup Kitchen continues providing food kits to struggling families of our community. This month, we have restructured the program. New families have come; our priority is that the help reaches those who need it the most.

Thank you for taking the time to know more about our monthly activities. If you want to know more about our activities please follow our social media channels: Hearts of Gold EC

Abrazos!

Tsunki Escandon: info@heartsofgoldfoundation.org 405 6197. Call after: 10 AM.

City: Cuenca

Nearly one year of Covid response – and we carry on with your help

We’ve been on a roll. It’s coming up on one year now where we’ve been providing an array of unique services to those most affected by the impacts of Covid here in Ecuador. This crisis has exhausted everyone, everywhere, including the many organizations who have been helping. Many have had to scale back or even stop their means of assistance.

However, here at Hogar de Esperanza (Home of Hope), we carry on with new energy. We have recently increased our medical, nutritional and psychological support to those most vulnerable, as we continue to see their daily situations worsen. Covid has affected so many, and for those who were already sick and poor – those already living on the edge – they have felt the brunt of it.

In order to continue our level of support to those in greatest need, we need to raise at least $5,000 during the month of February. We are eternally grateful for your support since the beginning of this crisis, and we know that together we can continue our life-saving work here in our Cuenca community. Please help at whatever level you can – every little bit helps!

To help us continue to help those in need, you can donate at: https://www.givingway.com/donate/fundacion-hogar-de-esperanza, or visit our website for other donation options: https://hogaresperanza.org/en/donations/. We also accept cash and local bank transfers – contact us for more information. Thank you so much – we cannot do this without you!

Garry Vatcher: Info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

When you miss your mother

For the last four years, Hogar de Esperanza (Home of Hope) has focused its Christmas program on those who face critical illness or extremely difficult situations. With our team of experts, doctors, psychologists, nutritionists, and social workers, we identify 100 families in need of special help. This year, we are seeing so many more families with young children who need assistance than in the past.

7-year-old Vivian is always talking about how much she misses her mom. It has been two years since her mother, a victim of femicide, passed away. Not only does she deal with the trauma of living without her mother or father, but now Vivian and her younger brothers are living in extreme poverty and being cared for by their disabled grandmother who does her best to provide what little she can for her grandchildren. Vivian’s difficult situation was brought to our attention by one of our Municipal partners last week. So, this coming Saturday, we will be making the 2-hour drive to visit Vivian. And through the generosity of the expat community, we will do what we can to make this Christmas more comfortable, and even special, for young Vivian, her little brothers and grandmother.

You can help us make this Christmas special for children like Vivian. Our average cost per family is $100, however any amount of support is appreciated. Your donation goes towards a large canasta filled with food, personal care products, medicines and special treats. You can make a donation at our special Smiles of Hope Christmas campaign at: https://www.givingway.com/campaign/edaead. For other donation options, please visit our website at: https://hogaresperanza.org/en/donations/ or contact us.

Garry Vatcher: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

Merry Christmas and Thank You, Cuenca

The Cuenca Soup Kitchen wants to wish a very merry Christmas to the individuals and organizations below who work so hard to make the world a better place. We collaborate with, give financial support to, or receive donations from many of them.  

Hearts of Gold  

The Tomebamba Rotary Club  

The Cuenca English Lions Club

Cetap Lucy  

Fundacíon Núr  

Fundacíon El Arenal  

Fundación OSSO del Ecuador  

Centro Educativo Nova

Kallpa Warmi Sayausi  

Snow Angels in Ecuador


Mujeres con Exito  

Helping Kids in Ecuador  

Trinity Vineyard Church  

The Tomebamba Rotary Club  

The Cuenca English Lions Club  

ICC Church

Hogar Esparanza

GRACE  

Kathleen Rodas-Quelland and Lynn Smith

And many other organizations and individuals

…and most of all to you…

Your gifts to all of these entities as well as others, save lives every day.  

Thank you,

Des Dizney, Bill O’Brien, and Smith

Cuenca Soup Kitchen Directors: info@cuencasoupkitchen.org .

City: Cuenca

Nimmy needs our help

We have set up a GoFundMe campaign or you can contact me directly:
https://www.gofundme.com/f/nimmy-needs-your-help?utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=m_pd+share-sheet&utm_medium=copy_link_all

Many of you know and love Nimmy. She has a huge heart and has provided the gringo community with home care, cooking, and administrative services. She has also been a caretaker to those in need. We have benefited from her skills, her perfect English, trustworthiness, kindness, gentleness, and honesty. Unfortunately, this work does not provide a dependable income. It is barely enough to live on or to obtain the medications she requires.

The good news is that there are job opportunities in Canada for someone with Nimmy’s skills. The even better news is that she has a letter offering reliable employment in Canada.

And now we all – you and me and our friends – have the opportunity to help her get there. This is her pathway to a new life, citizenship, the chance to continue her nursing education and, at some point, being reunited with her son who is currently a successful college student in India.

Nimmy needs:
an airline ticket
the Canadian work visa application fee
living expenses for a month
winter clothing
funds for Airbnb during the required Covid-19 quarantine period
additional expenses such as the cost of having documents couriered from India.  

Our goal is to raise these funds by the end of January or early February.

Any amount and every social media share is appreciated, as the funds raised will go towards a real and sustainable future for Nimmy.

On behalf of Nimmy, we thank you very much.
https://www.gofundme.com/f/nimmy-needs-your-help?utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=m_pd+share-sheet&utm_medium=copy_link_all

Jane Miner: jminer83@hotmail.com 096 821 7809. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Frontier woman needs assistance

Hello all,

I have set up a gofundme for my friend Viviana who lives in rural Argentine Patagonia.

Here is her compelling story. If nothing else read it to know another life.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/auyada-para-vivi

To see the full article, including photos of her rural life, click “Read More” a few times.  

Please do not share on social media, just through emails with your circle. Vivi does not want this to be on Facebook, Twitter, et cetera.

Because of this we expect a much slower campaign, but well, this is what she wants.

Many thanks for prayers, energy, or donations.  

This is a good woman and the pandemic has taken away all her sources of income, except for pennies.

Steve

City: Loja

Making Christmas special

For the last four years, Hogar de Esperanza (Home of Hope) has focused its Christmas program on those who face critical illness or extremely difficult situations. With our team of experts, doctors, psychologists, nutritionists, and social workers, we identify 100 families in need of special help.

6-year-old Ricardo has had to grow up fast. His mother bears the scars of years of abuse, but finally took the courage to leave her abuser. We are now providing for her, Ricardo and his little brother until she can get their lives back on track. We have seen that little Ricardo has taken on the role of protector, constantly offering emotional support to his mother and keeping an eye on his little brother. While it is understandable that this has helped him to cope with all the stress he has endured throughout his young life, we also want to support him with taking back his childhood. To laugh, play, and have fun like other kids his age. Little Ricardo, and many other children, will be spending Christmas here with us this year. We want to make it their best one yet, a Christmas to remember.

You can help us make this Christmas special for children like Ricardo. Our average cost per family is $100, however any amount of support is appreciated. You can make a donation to our special Smiles of Hope Christmas campaign at: https://www.givingway.com/campaign/edaead. For other donation options, please visit our website at: https://hogaresperanza.org/en/donations/ or contact us.

Garry Vatcher: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

Nimmy needs you

Many of you know and love Nimmy. She has a huge heart and has provided the gringo community with home care, cooking, and administrative services. She has also been a caretaker to those in need. We have benefited from her skills, her perfect English, trustworthiness, kindness, gentleness, and honesty. Unfortunately, this work does not provide a dependable income. It is barely enough to live on or to obtain the medications she requires.

The good news is that there are job opportunities in Canada for someone with Nimmy’s skills. The even better news is that she has a letter offering reliable employment in Canada!

And now we all – you and me and our friends – have the opportunity to help her get there. This is her pathway to a new life, citizenship, the chance to continue her nursing education and, at some point, being reunited with her son who is currently a successful college student in India.

Nimmy needs:
an airline ticket
the Canadian work visa application fee
living expenses for a month
winter clothing
funds for Airbnb during the required Covid-19 quarantine period
additional expenses such as the cost of having documents couriered from India.  

Our goal is to raise these funds by the end of January or early February.

Any amount and every social media share is appreciated, as the funds raised will go towards a real and sustainable future for Nimmy.

On behalf of Nimmy, we thank you very much.

Jane Miner: jminer83@hotmail.com 096 821 7809. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Christmas raffle with many prizes and a big impact in Cuenca – Fund.Núr

The proceeds of the raffle will provide a Christmas gift to 34 kids that Núr supports and at the same time will provide an income to the family that builds the doll house (first prize). Look at the photo to find out all the other great prizes!

You can buy 4 tickets for only $10.
To get your tickets please call or text 099 600 5659 or you can also buy tickets at:
Tienda Néctar – Mariscal Sucre 1-127 Manuel Vega- San Blas – Cuenca, Ecuador

Please help us to continue to support these families.
Thank you so much.

Online raffle via Facebook Live by @FundacionNur on December 20th at 5 PM.
The awards will be presented at the headquarters of Fundación Núr. If home delivery is desired, the winner will assume the value of delivery.

To learn more about Fundación Núr please visit: https://www.fundnur.org/english/index.html, or contact: fundraising@fundnur.org

Nela Navarrine: fundraising@fundnur.org 099 600 5659. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Clothes and shoes for residents and children in Chaucha

On 19th of December the association “Misioneros Santa Caridad” will distribute clothes and shoes to very poor residents and children in Chaucha.

We would like to help them and collect your contribution at the restaurant “El Capitán”. You can give whatever you want, clothes and shoes for every age and every season. If you don’t have clothes for children, they will be very happy with sweets or toys.

Until the 18th of December you can bring your bag between 9 AM and noon at this address:

“El Capitán”
Tomas Ordoñez 6-76 y Presidente Cordova (Cuenca)

After distributing we will make a report with pictures of this special day.

We thank you all for your big, big heart.

Fabián Diego, Madyson, Fish and Annette

Annette

City: Cuenca

Feed the Campo 2020

Feed the Campo 2020 / Alimenta el Campo 2020 (https://gf.me/u/zaiu37)

The year 2020 has been unlike any other. We have seen unprecedented civic, moral, social, and personal challenges the likes of which few of us have ever experienced.

For those of us living in Ecuador, we can see firsthand the suffering that these challenges have wrought. Whether it is in the work-hardened hand reaching out in a humiliating plea for help, or the tear-stained face of a hungry street child, we see the terrible consequences produced by a year’s worth of disasters.

Hidden Suffering
Despite the obvious suffering of those in the streets, one group of Ecuadorians have largely suffered in silence—the families of the countryside. As an avid hiker I have spent a fair amount of time in the campo and personally witnessed what small, one-time gifts of food can bring to these isolated communities. I will never forget the pure joy on the face of a little boy when he received his very first orange.

The Plan
This holiday season a small group of like-minded gringos and Cuencano have decided to make a concrete expression of our gratitude for having survived the whims of 2020. In a small way, we want to help to people of the campo understand that they are not alone, and that a larger community stands beside them as they face their own trials.

How You Can Make an Impact
We are frankly NOT looking for mega donners for this endeavor. Rather, we are more interested in the volume of participation, than we are in the volume of dollars contributed. Your $25 dollar contribution will feed approximately one family and bring a small ray of sunshine into their lives (and yours as well). With your $25 contribution we will purchase a “basket” of food staples like cooking oil, rice, and flour for each family. We expect to reach about 75 to 100 families, and if funds and generosity permit, we will also provide some toys and other holiday treats for the children of these rural communities.

To contribute go to https://gf.me/u/zaiu37

Roger Theodos: rtheodos@gmail.com .

City: Bahía de Caráquez

Feed the Campo 2020

Feed the Campo 2020 / Alimenta el Campo 2020 (https://gf.me/u/zaiu37)

The year 2020 has been unlike any other. We have seen unprecedented civic, moral, social, and personal challenges the likes of which few of us have ever experienced.

For those of us living in Ecuador, we can see firsthand the suffering that these challenges have wrought. Whether it is in the work-hardened hand reaching out in a humiliating plea for help, or the tear-stained face of a hungry street child, we see the terrible consequences produced by a year’s worth of disasters.

Hidden Suffering:

Despite the obvious suffering of those in the streets, one group of Ecuadorians have largely suffered in silence—the families of the countryside. As an avid hiker I have spent a fair amount of time in the campo and personally witnessed what small, one-time gifts of food can bring to these isolated communities. I will never forget the pure joy on the face of a little boy when he received his very first orange.

The Plan:


This holiday season a small group of like-minded gringos and Cuencano have decided to make a concrete expression of our gratitude for having survived the whims of 2020. In a small way, we want to help to people of the campo understand that they are not alone, and that a larger community stands beside them as they face their own trials.

How You Can Make an Impac:
 
We are frankly not looking for mega donors for this endeavor. Rather, we are more interested in the volume of participation, than we are in the volume of dollars contributed. Your $25 dollar contribution will feed approximately one family and bring a small ray of sunshine into their lives (and yours as well). With your $25 contribution we will purchase a “basket” of food staples like cooking oil, rice, and flour for each family. We expect to reach about 75 to 100 families, and if funds and generosity permit, we will also provide some toys and other holiday treats for the children of these rural communities.

To contribute go to https://gf.me/u/zaiu37

Roger Theodos: rtheodos@gmail.com .

City: Bahía de Caráquez

Today is the last day to turn $10 into three gifts

Buy one, get one, give one.

There is one day left to turn $10 into three gifts.

• a beautiful agenda for 2021 – keep it or give it away.
• entry into a raffle for one of two holiday baskets from Cuenca Kitchens, purveyors of artisanal foods
• a food kit for a hungry family – because both the agendas and the food kits were generously
donated, 100% of your purchase will go to food kits for hungry families in and around Cuenca.

Order through 5 PM, today (December 14th) to be eligible for the drawing.

Your basket will include:

• Margaritas and Chocolatinis from Emma Cocktails, delicious.
• Brioche Pudding – with Rum Drizzle
• Taboo Toffee
• Limón Curd – with serving suggestions and recipes
• Sweet Italian Sausage
• Chili – with chili lime chips

To order now: $10 to PayPal account jeffrey@jlsdesigns.net
Include:


• Name
• Address
• Phone number

Baskets and agendas will be available for pick up on December 15th at Hearts of Gold (4-30 Guayas y Remigio Crespo) between 10 AM and 3 PM or delivery can be arranged.

The winners of the Christmas baskets will be announced on Facebook (follow: Cuenca Soup Kitchen) on December 15th.

For more information, email: info@cuencasoupkitchen.org.

Des Dizney, Bill O’Brien, and Smith

Cuenca Soup Kitchen Directors: info@cuencasoupkitchen.org .

City: Cuenca

Brother, Can You Spare A Dime? To the orphans and elders of Hogar Miguel Leon

 Let’s help the orphans and elders of Hogar Miguel Leon have a nice Christmas.

Hogar Miguel Leon presently houses and feeds 25 orphans aged 2 y.o. to 17 y,o. and 33 abuelitos and abuelitas.

Two days ago, Hogar Miquel Leon celebrated their 150 years’ anniversary of helping the orphaned children and old people. You can see the videos of their festivities here https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=245142453622040&set=a.115275699942050

Please, deposit $5 or more to the Hogar Miquel Leon account:  

Banco Pichincha

Cuenta de ahorros # 4886746600

Nombre de la cuenta: Hogar Miguel León.

Ruc: 0190160890001 ,  

Codigo Swift: PICHECEQ

donacioneshogarmiguelleon@gmail.com

Jane: sellingincuenca@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Clothes and shoes for residents and children in Chaucha

On 19th of December the association “Misioneros Santa Caridad” will distribute clothes and shoes to poor residents and children in Chaucha.

We would like to help them and collect your contribution at the restaurant “El Capitán”. You can give whatever you want, clothes and shoes for every age and every season. Until the 17th of December you can bring your bag between 9 AM and noon at this address:

“El Capitán”
Tomas Ordoñez 6-76 y Presidente Cordova (Cuenca)

We thank you all for your big, big heart!

Fabián Diego, Madyson, Fish and Annette

Annette

City: Cuenca

How do we choose?

Some guy makes his choices depending on whether a child naughty or nice. Some, well, just give to feel good. Every child is deserving of feeling special this Christmas, particularly since this crisis has affected them the most. So, we encourage you to support the efforts of the many foundations and organizations who will be assisting families this year.

For the last four years, Hogar de Esperanza (Home of Hope) has focused its’ Christmas program on those who face critical illness or extremely difficult situations. With our team of experts, doctors, psychologists, nutritionists, and social workers, we identify 100 families in need of special help. For some of these children, this Christmas will be their last.

Like 3-year-old Julia. Full of life, she loved playing with her two brothers. Her parents are agricultural workers in a small community about an hour outside of Cuenca. Then this past June, she started having seizures. Unable to get medical attention because of the COVID crisis, there were delays in getting her to the hospital in Cuenca. She had Meningitis. Julia now lies in a vegetative state, but the family hopes she will get better. It is difficult on the family because the mother cannot work and must constantly care for her. The extra cost of diapers, $120 monthly for medications, trips to Cuenca; this family is at a breaking point.

You can make Christmas special for children like Julia. Our average cost per family is $100, however any amount of support is appreciated. You can make a donation at our special Smiles of Hope page at: https://www.givingway.com/campaign/edaead. For other donation options, please visit our website at: https://hogaresperanza.org/en/donations/ or contact us.

Garry Vatcher: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

Tax receipts for donations to charity in Ecuador

 Foundation Hogar de Esperanza reminds you that we are registered as a 501c3 in the US with the IRS and in Canada with the CRA through our partner Charities Aid Foundation. Any donations you make to us through our partner agency is eligible for a tax deduction on your contributions.

To make a tax-deductible donation or for other donation options, please visit our website or contact us for more information. Thank you for your generous support of our work. https://hogaresperanza.org/en/donations/

Garry Vatcher: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

Clothes and shoes for residents and children in Chaucha

On 19th of December the association “Misioneros Santa Caridad” will distribute clothes and shoes to poor residents and children in Chaucha.
We would like to help them and collect your contribution at the restaurant “El Capitán”.
You can give whatever you want, clothes and shoes for every age and every season.
Until the 17th of December you can bring your bag between 9 AM and noon at this address:

“El Capitán”
Tomas Ordoñez 6-76 y Presidente Cordova (Cuenca)

We thank you all for your big, big heart.

Fabian Diego, Madyson, Fish, Annette

Annette: .

City: Cuenca

Giving new purpose to things you no longer need

What does Hogar de Esperanza do with your donations of clothing and household items? First and foremost, we give them away to those who are most in need of them with great care taken to ensure that nothing goes to waste. Any extra items are sold in Esperanza Thrift Shop, where all of the proceeds go back into supporting the foundation’s mission of helping those in greatest need.
In addition, we have recently opened up a separate shop called Maria’s Garage Sale, run by Maria herself (one of our very special patients who has had a difficult – and now hopeful – life). A percentage of what she sells goes into a separate account to support her children. She represents all of those in need of additional assistance right now, be it healthcare, a safe place to sleep, food support, skills training and more.

Are you moving soon – perhaps across town or maybe even back home – and you have items that you can’t take with you? Do you wish you had someone to come carry away those items remaining after your moving sale, that you don’t know what to do with? Were you just spring-cleaning last week, and came across clothes in your closets that you no longer wanted? If you would like to do some incredible things with those items you no longer need or want, let us turn them into something valuable to help those in need.

We accept anything that you wish to donate, and put it to immediate use. You can come by Esperanza Thrift Shop, which is located at 8-18 Juan Montalvo y Mariscal Sucre, to drop off items Monday through Friday from 10 AM – 5 PM, and Saturday from 10 AM – 2 PM. We also do pick-ups of donations, so feel free to contact us to arrange a time. Thank you so much for your support of Hogar de Esperanza – we could not do any of this without you. https://hogaresperanza.org/en/donations/

Teresa Eklund: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

Christmas raffle with many prizes and a big impact in Cuenca – Núr

The proceeds of the raffle will provide a Christmas gift to 34 kids that Núr supports and at the same time will provide an income to the family that builds the doll house (first prize).

You can buy 4 tickets for only $10!
To get your tickets please call or text 099 600 5659.

Please help us to continue to support these families.
Thank you so much.

Online raffle via Facebook Live by @FundacionNur on December 20th at 5 PM.
The awards will be presented at the headquarters of Fundación Núr. If home delivery is desired, the winner will assume the value of delivery.

To learn more about Fundación Núr please visit: https://www.fundnur.org/english/index.html, or contact: fundraising@fundnur.org

Nela Navarrine: fundraising@fundnur.org 099 600 5659. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

The Convergence of Giving Tuesday and World AIDS Day

Why is December 1st unique this year? This year, as Thanksgiving season winds down and we begin looking ahead to the celebration of Christmas, two very special days coincide tomorrow, on December 1st: Giving Tuesday and World AIDS Day. This important day serves as a stark reminder for us – remembering all of those we have lost, those we have saved, and those to whom we have given a new hope. It is also a reminder to consider those less fortunate before we head into the Christmas Season.

At Hogar de Esperanza, we provide assistance to those facing extreme poverty and critical illness – those who make up the most vulnerable in society. In Ecuador, these are also the populations most affected by HIV. This year, 1,500-2,500 people will die from HIV in Ecuador. Many will not know they carry the virus. Others will not be able to get their hands on the live-saving drugs that can give them a normal life. And still others will face the stigma and fear in their communities, the reactions still deeply entrenched in an HIV diagnosis here.

Our unique method of providing assistance to those diagnosed with HIV not only meets individual emergency needs, but we also provide education. We deliver nutrition assessments, skills development training, HIV awareness, family planning, and other education services, to both our patients and their families. We provide mentorship, counselling, and a listening ear, ensuring our patients understand that an HIV diagnosis is not a death sentence. That they are so lucky to know their status in time, receive their medications, and get a fresh lease on life. We are proud to be a part of their journey. To be a part of their support system as they pass through such a difficult time. To see them change their lives for the better.

You can be a part of this change, too. Your donation this December 1st – the convergence of Giving Tuesday and World Aids Day – will help us to give help and hope to those most in need. Help us to help others by making a donation at: https://www.givingway.com/campaign/a9af7d, or by visiting our website for our other donation options at: https://hogaresperanza.org/en/donations/. Thank you so much – we could not do any of this without you.

Garry Vatcher: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

Today Is Giving Tuesday!

Today is Giving Tuesday! Remember this day; Global Giving will match your gift, this is a great opportunity to contribute to our community and allow Hearts of Gold and its partner organizations to keep working for those who need it the most.

You can make the difference!

More info in the link below:
https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/emergency-help/

Maria Jose Orellana: morellana@heartsofgoldfoundation.org .

City: Cuenca

Please help us; my family

Please help us. Hello, wishing good health to all who read this post, we have come to ask for a little help, to whoever wants and can, either with money or with food, household items. My little family is in a difficult economic situation, to get smoothly. We have had to sell some things and we have a shortage of jobs and we cannot afford much food. Whoever wants and can donate something will be very well received. If they know any work they can also help us in that, thank you. God bless you. Here is the link to donate or contact us for any help.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-for-young-family-paperwork?utm_source=whatsapp&utm_medium=chat&utm_campaign=p_cf+share-Flow-1

Luz Ramirez: Luznaidyxd@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

(More than) double your donation at Hogar de Esperanza

Do you know what really happens to your donations? You already know all about our great work. The thousands of people here in Ecuador who depend on us for life-saving support. Your financial contributions allow us to provide medications, food, housing, clothing, and much more, to those in dire need. But something else happens when you contribute to Hogar de Esperanza – something really special.

The Ecuadorian community has started to take notice of the outpouring of support provided by the expats living here in Cuenca – the support that has been crucial for providing assistance to so, so many living in poverty and illness, with nowhere else to turn. To show its appreciation for your generosity in helping the community, SuperMaxi and Gran Aki stores here in Cuenca now make sizeable food donations to Hogar de Esperanza every week – food valued at over $4,000 per month. Cuenca’s medical professionals, including doctors, dentists, psychologists and nutritionists, come to the foundation each week to volunteer their time in helping us to help others. So, for every $1 that you donate to help those in need, that $1 is automatically multiplied, where we receive an additional $1.25 worth of goods and services donated by Ecuadorian businesses and professionals alike.

This is great value for your donor dollar! At Hogar de Esperanza, we work hard to stretch each and every dollar that you so generously donate to our mission in helping others. We commit to providing the services that we promise, and provide them in the most cost effective and responsible manner possible. We are proud of what we have built here in Ecuador with the help of our expat community. Thank you so much!

Is this something that you would like to be a part of? Help us to help others by making a donation at: https://www.givingway.com/campaign/a9af7d, or by visiting our website for our other donation options at: https://hogaresperanza.org/en/donations/. Thank you so much – we could not do any of this without you.

Garry Vatcher: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

When the police show up at your door

It happens quite frequently. As the only expat-based charity in Cuenca that works directly with the police department, we are often called upon to assist them with special cases. Whether it is someone who is homeless or someone needing protection, we are often called upon to provide temporary shelter, medical or other assistance.

One recent case in which we partnered with the Cuenca police department involved a man who was living on the streets with his 6-year-old boy. The police tried multiple times to help them, but every attempt to keep them off the streets failed. The boy had severe behavioral issues, and the father seemed to have even more. He mentioned that he had recently been separated from the boy’s mother, but would not give us further details. The police brought them to our door one night.

Concerned about the little boy living on the streets, my goal was to keep them both sheltered and fed within the safety of the foundation until we could help resolve their situation. The father did manage to leave a few times with the boy, but the police kept bringing them back. In the meantime, my staff and I went to work in locating the boy’s mother, who had been desperately looking for her boy.

Yesterday, our Patient Coordinator, Oscar, made the 12-hour trip to reunite the boy with his mother and siblings. The boy is now safe, happy, and well, and his mother is overjoyed to have him home again with her. We were also able to help the father secure a place to live so that he is no longer living on the streets either. At Hogar de Esperanza, we were happy to be of service to this family as well as the police. For us, it’s all in a day’s work.

We are the place where those in trouble get referred to when they need help. Your support helps us to keep people safe. As the only operating shelter for emergencies in Cuenca, we really need your support to keep helping people like this little boy. Please consider donating at: https://www.givingway.com/campaign/a9af7d
For other donation options, please visit our website at: https://hogaresperanza.org/en/donations/

Garry Vatcher: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

You can make children smile!

Giving Tuesday is only three days away and there are two ways to grow your gift when you donate to the Cuenca Soup Kitchen.
 
1. We have a 24-hour window to tap a $1,000,000 incentive fund and we need your help.
 
Eligible donations up to $2,500 will count towards earning a portion of the incentive fund.
 
2. When you become a monthly donor on December 1, 100% of your first donation (up to $200) will be matched.

The offer goes live at midnight on Monday and lasts for 24 hours.
 
We’ll send you the link to make this happen on Monday.
 
Des Dizney, Bill O’Brien, and Smith

Cuenca Soup Kitchen Directors: info@cuencasoupkitchen.org .

City: Cuenca

Giving thanks by giving back

Food is the foundation…and you can help to build it.

One week from today your donations through GlobalGiving will unlock incentive funds and transform lives.

Take your seat at the table on December 1st and make lives better.

https://www.cuencasoupkitchen.org/

Des, Bill, and Smith

Cuenca Soup Kitchen Directors: info@cuencasoupkitchen.org .

City: Cuenca

Moving services and centralized bill pay

As part of our new Expat Services Center here at Fundacion Hogar de Esperanza, we are excited to roll out two services to support you here in Cuenca (with more to come – stay tuned). The services include our moving services and our centralized bill pay.

Through Esperanza Movers, our new moving service, we aim to provide expats with a professional service to meet all their moving and relocation needs here in the Cuenca area, while simultaneously providing training and employment opportunities for our patients and clients at risk who we support here at the foundation. Contact us for more details on our moving packages. Proceeds from this new endeavor go directly back into our programs.

And come by our new Expat Service Center, our one-stop shop to conveniently pay all your bills at once: water, lights, phone, cable, SRI, IESS and more. We speak both English and Spanish. And by paying your bills with us, we receive a small commission with each transaction that goes back into our work here at the foundation, helping those most in need.

The Expat Service Center is open Monday – Friday from 8 AM – 5:30 PM and Saturday from 8 AM – 1 PM (and closed on Sundays and local holidays). It is located at Mariscal Sucre 12-84 y Juan Montalvo, just around the corner from our Esperanza Thrift Shop. Stop by to visit us – thank you for your support.

Teresa Eklund: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

To our Hearts of Gold family

Let’s bring hope and joy to 120 families at this Christmas season. We’ll deliver special Christmas baskets; we need your contribution. We are looking for donations of chickens and for the little ones, toys and candies.

Together we can do it.

You are hearts of gold,

Maria Jose Orellana: morellana@heartsofgoldfoundation.org .

City: Cuenca

The rooms were all dark

On Saturday morning at 5:20 AM, I stood overlooking the three floors of the foundation. The rooms were all dark. That is a good thing. In those rooms, twenty-five people were sleeping safely, soundly, away from danger. A young man was brought here a few days before by the Ministry of Health. He called himself Kevin, but no one knows, and he does not know, who he really is. He had been living on the streets for years. He is one of the forgotten and lost ones. Probably has a family who wonders where he is but living on the streets has affected his memory and will.

He left his light on day and night, left his door open. It is common for those living in fear to leave the lights on or sleep in a lighted area. He would not come downstairs. Friday night, he sat with everyone and ate dinner. He closed his door, turned off the light. He is safe.

We went for a walk at 7 PM on Friday night. A young man came running up to us. He came from the Amazon because he was offered a job, but he never got it. He was then stabbed and robbed. He was going from store to store asking for help. One of the store owners said. “You see those two guys walking down the street? They will help you”. We cleaned up his wounds. He was sleeping safely, and we helped him get back home. That is just a few of the stories. On Friday, we helped over 50 people.

This is a normal day for us. Rescuing those who through no fault of their own get into problems. We are the place those in trouble get referred to when they need help. Your support helps us to keep the lights out and people safe. As the only operating shelter for emergencies in Cuenca, we really need your support to keep helping people like Kevin. Please consider donating at: https://www.givingway.com/campaign/a9af7d
For other donation options, please visit our website at: https://hogaresperanza.org/en/donations/

Garry Vatcher: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

You changed Karin’s future

You make it possible for Karin to support her one-year-old daughter and go to school during this pandemic.

Karin, an 18-year-old single mother, supports herself and her one-year-old daughter selling trash bags around Feria Libre and the Coliseo. She worked hard to sell 10 packs every day in order to pay the rent and buy food. Until recently, she had no hope for anything more.

You changed that. The weekly food kit that she gets means she only needs to sell five packs a day.

But Karin is working even harder now. She is driven to make a better life for her daughter so she has gone back to high school and is determined to graduate.

You have changed the present and the future by giving food.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

If you would like to help you can email info@cuencasoupkitchen.org or use one of the three options below:

To give in Ecuador (100% of your donation will go towards this crisis)
Hearts of Gold, Cuenta de ahorros JEP
Account number: 406079928700
RUC number: 0190395251002

PayPal: jeffrey@jlsdesigns.net

Online: https://www.cuencasoupkitchen.org/

Thank you for making this possible.

Des, Bill, and Smith

Cuenca Soup Kitchen Directors: .

City: Cuenca

Help to travel to Cuyabeno for social project

Hi, I’m Denise Carrion, I study at the University of Cuenca, I’m in level 7. My identification number is 0106655665 sociology, I have a project with the ancestral communities of Cuyabeno for community and sustainable tourism, I require funds to be able to travel and continue with the project for the economic reactivation of these communities, I do not receive any payment other than the satisfaction of helping the 7 communities with my project, I need to work a lot to finance my trip to collect information, thank you for your help.

Any help that you can give me would be great, as well as if there are people in your community with knowledge in project development who wish to participate, they are welcome.

Denisse Carrion: denisse.carrion@ucuenca.edu.ec 099 509 5380. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

Help, dental question

So, I’ve looked into a lot of dentists in Quito and I narrowed it down to 2. Made appointments with both and I figured I’d see what they both had to say before making my choice. Seeing as how cheap it is there I’m still spending over $10k. I asked one guy if he accepted credit cards he said yes but there would be an 11% to 15% hike on the price saying it was because the banks in Ecuador charge more interest for foreign credit card transactions which is not out of this world and sounds understanding. So I said I’d just pay debit. The second guy told me nope, no such thing, one flat rate. So which is it? Is one guy over charging and saying it’s a flat rate or is the other guy giving me the best deal unless I pay with a credit card?

Forrest Wynn: forrestwynn@gmail.com .

City: Quito (capital)

Psychological support – The work of the volunteers at Fundación Núr

Hello, I’m Erika and a volunteer for Fundacion Núr.

I first got involved with the organization through my work with Red Solidaria. When I began with the foundation I was involved with both the practical and psychological support of the organization, delivering materials and donations to families that needed them.

I have helped carry out field work in the community, visiting and getting to know the people we work with in their homes.

In addition, I have supported the families working with Fundacion Nur in person, as well as providing virtual sessions to the children and adolescents – accompanying through this time of confinement.

I am currently supporting families that participate in the programs provided by Fundacion Nur, providing psychological support in managing stress and the frustration of the current times.

The different commissions at Fundación Núr support each other and the best part of the job I do is working as a team and through this achieving the goals we have set together.

If you want to learn more about Fundación Núr, please visit: https://www.fundnur.org/english/index.html
or contact us at fundraising@fundnur.org

Nela Navarrine: +593 97 937 8786. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

They often end up here

Throughout this crisis, many organizations have helped deliver food to those in need, and have done an incredible job at providing short-term relief. However, as things start getting back to normal, we are seeing a whole set of different and complicated needs that goes far beyond providing food support.

Foundation Hogar de Esperanza (Home of Hope) has the only facility in Cuenca that can provide a balanced approach to meeting the needs of those affected by this crisis. Our building has 38 rooms from which we can provide shelter to as many as 60 people per night. Our kitchen has served thousands of warm meals. Our Food Bank and Thrift Shop have provided much needed food and clothing assistance to over 10,000 people during this crisis. We provide medical, nutrition, dental, counselling services, and more to those in dire need.

On a daily basis, other foundations, government agencies, hospitals, the police, and others refer to us those who need specialized assistance. We deal with mental health issues, drug addictions, malnourishe children, abused individuals, refugees and the homeless. Each person who comes to us for help has unique needs which we thoroughly assess. Through our extensive network, we can get people medical appointments and other types of assistance that truly meet their needs. Other health centers from as far away as Puyo, Macas, and Machala refer patients to us for specialized care. If someone is truly in a health crisis that they cannot handle on their own, they often end up here with us. We do whatever we can to provide a holistic approach in helping them to heal, and then to thrive.

The requests for help are many, but our resources are few. Donations have been down this month. We need your help to continue providing assistance to those with nowhere else to turn. To support our efforts in helping those in greatest need, you can make a donation at: https://hogaresperanza.org/en/donations/. Thank you so much – we could not do any of this without you.

Garry Vatcher: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

Thank you for another success story!

The food that you provide for Maria each week has given her the strength to rescue her grandchildren from a world of addiction.

Maria has already lost one son to addiction and the other is battling it…so it falls to Maria to support their children.

Maria works as a recycler and she worries every day that she will bring the pandemic home to the children. The bleach and soap that you provide in the weekly food kits keeps her and her grandchildren clean and healthy. Your gift gives Maria great peace of mind and she is forever grateful.

You also make it possible for Maria’s two-month-old granddaughter to have milk so that she can thrive.

You give Maria the strength to say yes to the future of her grandchildren.

Thank you from the bottom on our hearts!

Directors, Cuenca Soup Kitchen

For more information contact: info@cuencasoupkitchen.org

https://www.cuencasoupkitchen.org/

Des Dizney

City: Cuenca

Social projects that change hundreds of lives

Hello community, at Hearts of Gold, we want to share the last news about our programs and initiatives.

The greatest news is about our Emergency Food Program, together with our amazing partner Cuenca Soup Kitchen; we have been delivering food kits to families at risk for 31 weeks consecutively. We are so grateful; because of your trust and support, from the next week, we are going to extend our help to 120 families each week. You have made this possible.

As a second point, a month ago we launched The First Contest of Small Business for our partner organizations. We are so proud; they worked hard and presented well-structured projects. The lucky winner of $3500 to start their small business is Fundación El Arenal. An organization, which provides nutritional meals and after-school support to disadvantaged children from Mercado El Arenal. Its project is a bakery, which will benefit mothers of the organization with education and practical training. Congratulations Fundacion El Arenal.

Last but not least, we designed, produced, and distributed beautiful planners to all our partner organizations. So, they can sell them and raise funds for their beneficiaries and programs. It’s a perfect gift at this time of the year. If you want to buy an agenda, please contact Fundacion El Arenal, CETAP LUCY, Cuenca Soup Kitchen, Fundacion Nur, NOVA school.

Thank you for being part of our community, you are a real change-maker. If you want to know more about our programs, partners, and beneficiaries, please follow us on our social channels as Hearts of Gold Ec.

Tsunki Escandon: info@heartsofgoldfoundation.org

City: Cuenca

Automatic bill pay at Hogar de Esperanza’s new Expat Services Center

Are you new to Cuenca and still trying to figure out where to pay for all of your services and utilities each month? Or perhaps you have lived here for many years and just want to simplify your life while supporting a good cause. Well look no further – you can do it all and more at Hogar de Esperanza’s new Expat Services Center.

Come on by our one-stop shop where you can conveniently pay all your bills at once: water, lights, phone, cable, SRI, IESS and more. And by paying your bills with us, we receive a small commission with each transaction that goes back into our work here at the foundation, helping those most in need.

Per request from our supporters and clients, we have recently added the option of automatic, monthly bill pay. Are you keen to stay at home during the pandemic, or simply wish that you could entrust someone else with paying your bills? Are you going out of town and need someone to pay your rent and other services while you are away? We are here to help you meet all of your specific bill payment needs. Contact us for more information.

Open hours for the new Expat Services Center are: Monday – Friday from 8 AM – 5:30 PM, and Saturday from 8 AM – 1 PM. The new center is located at Mariscal Sucre 12-84 y Juan Montalvo, just around the corner from our Esperanza Thrift Shop.

Teresa Eklund: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

Sonrisas de Esperanza (Smiles of Hope) Christmas Event 2020

Christmas time is quickly approaching, a time to reflect on the past year – and oh my, what a year it has been.

With all of our ups and downs this past year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot forget those among us who have felt its effects most severely – families here in Ecuador living in extreme poverty, facing critical illness, and those who are struggling to survive during the economic downturn.

To bring some greatly needed relief into the lives of these families living on the edge, Hogar de Esperanza is changing the format of its annual Sonrisas de Esperanza (Smiles of Hope) Christmas event. In lieu of the usual mass, meal, and party, we will be working with our partner organizations to identify and provide 100 families in extreme need with large canastas (baskets) filled with nutritious food, personal care items, and vitamins for families with malnourished children. This will be an opportunity to give these families some hope amongst the daily difficulties they regularly face. In addition to families here in Cuenca, we will include some of our patients from Macas, Loja and Gualaceo in this endeavor.

For this event to be successful, we need your help! Only by working together can we remind these families living on the edge that they are both seen and loved. You can sponsor a family for $100. We also accept in-kind donations to help us fill the canastas. Please contact us for a list of needed items.

Be a part of bringing some joy and love this Christmas season to families in greatest need. Thank you so much – we could not do any of this without you!

https://www.givingway.com/campaign/edaead

Teresa Eklund: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

Real stories from the Hogar: Giving Hope, and Saving Lives

One pill can do a lot to a person. From the first finger prick, generation 3 test. The second, generation 4 test. The first consult and reference to a specialist. Then more blood tests. Low CD4, High Viral Load, Psychologist, Psychiatrist, other referrals. They are usually in a daze, is it real?… until…they are given that pill. That is when reality sets in.

Tears often start to flow then. Guilt engulfs them. They ponder over and over exactly what to tell their family and friends. There is the realization that they may have been carrying this thing for 5 years, and infecting others without knowing it. And there is the thought about who gave it to them in the first place… Then comes the realization that they found out just in time. There are way too many people in Ecuador with their same diagnosis lying in morgues or buried in unmarked graves. Their families were never contacted. Some mother cries daily for her lost child who died alone in some hospital or along some river. It could have all been prevented with that one small pill.

Here at Hogar de Esperanza, we have helped hundreds of people get tested for HIV. People of different nationalities, ages, genders and sexual orientations. We have helped them reconnect with their families. Come off the streets and start a new life. We have helped so many mothers hug their children again. And for those who have no family, we have become their new family. We have helped save lives with that one small, and very special pill.

These past few weeks have been challenging for us, with a constant flow of new patients in need of assistance. Our financial resources remain limited and donations have been down. We really need your help this month as we continue to meet the needs of those most vulnerable, and in need of a helping hand. To help us assist those in dire need, you can make a donation at: https://hogaresperanza.org/en/donations/. Thank you so much – we could not do any of this without you!

Teresa Eklund: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

Moving services and centralized bill pay available at Hogar de Esperanza

As part of our new Expat Services Center here at Fundacion Hogar de Esperanza, we are excited to roll out two services to support you here in Cuenca (with more to come – stay tuned). The services include our moving services and our centralized bill pay.

Through Esperanza Movers, our new moving service, we aim to provide expats with a professional service to meet all their moving and relocation needs here in the Cuenca area, while simultaneously providing training and employment opportunities for our patients and clients at risk who we support here at the foundation. Contact us for more details on our moving packages. Proceeds from this new endeavor go directly back into our programs.

And come by our new Expat Service Center, our one-stop shop to conveniently pay all your bills at once: water, lights, phone, cable, SRI, IESS and more. We speak both English and Spanish. And by paying your bills with us, we receive a small commission with each transaction that goes back into our work here at the foundation, helping those most in need.

The Expat Service Center is open Monday – Friday from 8 AM – 5:30 PM and Saturday from 8 AM – 1 PM (and closed on Sundays and local holidays). It is located at Mariscal Sucre 12-84 y Juan Montalvo, just around the corner from our Esperanza Thrift Shop. Stop by to visit us – thank you for your support.

Teresa Eklund: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

Real Stories from the Hogar: Pooling resources to reach those at risk

About a month ago, Emilia knocked on our door, concerned about her little boy. Three-year-old Mateo was losing weight, she said, and just did not have the rambunctious kind of energy that he once did. Having lost her job as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, as a single mother she could not afford to provide more than a few, very basic meals each day. Throughout October, we saw this situation repeated over and over again. The number of malnourished children has skyrocketed in recent months, as the crisis continues to take its toll.

Here at Hogar de Esperanza, we always strive to make all that we are so generously given go as far as possible, to help as many people as we possibly can. We try to be as resourceful as possible, especially these days when more people than ever come to us for assistance. Sometimes this takes some innovation to give those whom we help the best outcome. Last week, we put our resources together to help some of these mothers and children.

It all started with a project led by Bob Doyle, who donated beautiful, hand-made Halloween boxes for our children. We were going to distribute them at the foundation, and thought – why not integrate this with other components that we have on hand? So, we incorporated nutritional assessments for the children given by our nutrition students from the University of Cuenca, and talks to their mothers on providing them with a proper diet. Wanting to ensure that the mothers had the tools they needed to do this, we also provided them with complete food kits made up of the donations that we receive each week through our partnerships with Gran Aki and SuperMaxi. In addition, we continue to receive donations each week from Alberto and all of the expats who support the pizza project, so we were also able to give these mothers pizzas to supplement their family’s diet.

This was definitely a team effort, of our staff, our donors and volunteers, all working together to find solutions to help keep these mothers and their children healthy and well. If you would like to support our efforts in helping those in greatest need, you can make a donation at: https://www.givingway.com/project/a9af7d. We can also pick up your donation, if you prefer. Thank you so much – we could not do any of this without you.

Teresa Eklund: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

Moving services now available through Hogar de Esperanza

As part of our new Expat Service Center, Hogar de Esperanza is excited to introduce a moving services component to the array of services that we are rolling out. We aim to provide expats with a professional service to meet all their moving and relocation needs here in the Cuenca area, while simultaneously providing training and employment opportunities for our patients and clients at risk who we support here at the foundation.

One type of assistance we provide to our patients and clients includes skills development and job training. We believe that, through skill building and on-the-job training, many young people who were living on the streets or otherwise found themselves in difficult situations can be given the opportunity to confidently become self-sufficient. You can be rest assured that the movers who we assign to assist you during your move have been trained on how to treat your household items with the greatest of care, and are polite, honest and professional young people. As part of their on-the-job training, we greatly appreciate any and all feedback from our customers which allows them to continue improving their skills, and themselves.

We offer several different moving packages for you to choose from, and are also happy to discuss your unique situation and customize a package especially for you. Please contact us for pricing and details, or visit us at our new Expat Service Center located at Mariscal Sucre 12-84 y Juan Montalvo to speak to us in person. Thank you for helping us to support our youth here in Cuenca. We could not do any of this without you!

Teresa Eklund: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

Fundación Núr – Emergency Fund Campaign; every dollar counts

We have just started the fundraising campaign for the Nur Emergency Fund. Our goal is to raise funds that ensure our organization will have economic stability and the continuity of our social program.

This program helps to feed 25 families, supports 30 children with educational programs, and helps 20 adults to create their own small businesses.

Every dollar counts. Could you please help us?

To donate, just click the link to this fundraising campaign below: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/support-families-in-need/

You can also donate through Paypal at: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/fundacionnur

In Ecuador you can make a donation to the Savings Account 406119384202 Cooperativa JEP in the name of Fundación Núr desarrollo humano, inclusión y solidaridad. RUC 0190480984001.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.
Thank you for your support and have a nice day.

More information about us at : https://www.fundnur.org/english/fundamentos.html

Nela Navarrine: fundraising@fundnur.org 593 97 937 8786. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

G.R.A.C.E. (Give Refugees A Chance looking for donations

G.R.A.C.E (Give Refugees A Chance) in need of donations of clothes, household items, anything you aren’t using please. We are a non-profit org helping refugees get back on their feet. We supply clothes in order for people to get a job and to be appropriately dressed in order to work at a job. If you have any clean, gently used clothing you don’t need any more, we would love to repurpose them! All donations will be used to help refugees. Please email karla@giverefugeesachance.org
For info or drop off donations at:
Castle Grace
25-01 Guillermo Medina y Mariscal Lamar
Thank you so much for your help!

Karen: karen@giverefugeesachance.org .

City: Cuenca

J.T. Neira needs heart surgery, help contribute

Our beloved native Cuencano J.T. Neira, founder of the Gringo Book Club and community organizer of the graffiti removal project in the historic center, needs heart surgery. J.T. has multiple stents and had a heart attack in the past. He is trying to raise $10,000 to help pay for the cost of the surgery and care. His wife Betty is a valued medical facilitator to gringos here in Cuenca. Both are very special people.

Here is the message from J.T.:

After several months under costly medical treatment, the doctors team decided that the only solution to the problems is a surgical procedure which must be performed before November 20th. Given the complexity and the possibility of unexpected situations, my wife and myself do not have enough resources to face the bills and are appealing to your solidarity in this time of urgency.

Thank you and may God Bless you.

The link to the GoFundMe site is:

gf.me/u/y5ycxh

Ann Fourt: annfourt@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Mujeres Con Exito Quesadilla with chips

Enjoy the new Mujeres Con Exito special

Quesadilla (your choice chicken, pork or vegetarian) with chips, Pico de Gallo and guacamole for only $10. You can pick up or delivery is $2 extra.

Deadline for orders is October 19th and delivery is October 21, between 11 AM and 1:30 PM.

All Wednesday delivery monies collected after expenses are used to help support the battered and abused women who live outside the shelter.

If you would like to make a cash donation to help the women’s shelter you can make it through PayPal, drop it off at Mujeres Con Exito or deposit directly into their bank account.

Contact us for the PayPal email address or Mujeres bank information.

Debby Larsen: mcereservations2019@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

New nutrition program for children at risk

Here at Hogar de Esperanza, one thing that we have been noticing more and more lately is the changing health status of the children who we support, which is causing us alarm. Cases of malnourished children are becoming more frequent, and most often are brought to us by single mothers in desperate situations.

While the COVID-19 crisis has affected everyone, those who were already poor are finding themselves now living even closer to the edge. Single mothers have found themselves struggling to find work and continue shouldering the responsibility as the sole providers of their families. They find themselves forced to make some of toughest decisions, including the choice between paying their rent to prevent being evicted or providing basic nutrition for their children. The result is that many children are now malnourished with noticeable weight loss. These health issues can take time to manifest, and while it is not unexpected after seven months of poor diets due to the worsening economic situation, it is nonetheless disturbing.

To address this need, we have been providing additional assistance for these children, including nutritional supplements for the most extreme cases. With our weekly food donations from Gran Aki and SuperMaxi, we are able to also provide more single mothers with food so that they can once again provide nutritious diets for their children. Next week, we will be rolling out a new Nutrition Program run by our nutrition students from the University of Cuenca who are completing their practicums with us. We will be assisting these young mothers in making healthy food choices, and holding cooking demonstrations, including on the preparation of natural baby food. The success of this critical, new program – and doing our part to bring these children at risk back to good health – depends on all of us. We hope you will be able to join us in our efforts of making this important initiative a reality.

If you would like to support our efforts in helping those in greatest need, you can make a donation at: https://www.givingway.com/project/a9af7d. We can also pick up your donation, if you prefer. Thank you so much – we could not do any of this without you.

Teresa Eklund: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

Hogar de Esperanza: a close-up of our assistant director

As promised, we are continuing to introduce each member of our team of directors. This week we are profiling our assistant director, Teresa Eklund. Originally from Michigan, Teresa has lived and worked in some interesting places around the world. She spent 6 years working in biotechnology as a research scientist for her first career, but then she got the itch to get away from the laboratory and out into the world. She soon found herself in Tanzania working alongside a rural community with the Peace Corps. After receiving a Master of Public Health from Emory University back in the US, her heart once again called her back to East Africa, where she spent another 4 years working in Kenya and Somalia managing emergency health programs for an NGO. Her diverse experiences allow her to bring new ideas and ways of working to Hogar de Esperanza.

As Assistant Director, Teresa works closely with me, taking on many of our daily activities to help shoulder the responsibility of running a rapidly growing foundation. She plans our events, organizes our volunteers, manages our projects and coordinates all of our donations. She and I work closely together, bouncing ideas off one another, and developing promotional pieces to educate the public about the Hogar’s good work. She also writes many of the stories about our patients’ experiences and how we help them. Whether it is responding to a question from a supporter, participating in a food distribution, or brainstorming with the team on initiating a new fundraising activity, Teresa is always there to contribute to the sustainability of the foundation. We even have gotten her to start holding babies (but I haven’t been able to convince her to change diapers yet). We are proud to have Teresa as a member of our team.

If you would like to support our efforts in helping those in greatest need who need medical care, food support or encouragement to rebuild their lives, you can make a donation at: https://www.givingway.com/project/a9af7d. Thank you so much – we could not do any of this without you.

Garry Vatcher: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

The miracles continue

At Hogar de Esperanza, we see miracles almost every day. But none is so special as when we bring families back together. Families who have been torn apart by disease, abuse, or loss. We have reunited many. From those living on the streets who have lost contact with their families to those who suffered terrible trauma and were unable to face their past. With our team of professionals, we have successfully handled some of the most difficult cases crossing our path.

Maria has been one of our most challenging cases. She was referred to us over two years ago, in a coma for five months because of terrible abuse, to now being able to walk and talk again after much rehabilitation, albeit with permanent disabilities. We reunited her with her children who thought their mother was dead, and now are so proud to announce that, next Wednesday, her two boys will be coming to live with her at the foundation. To support the boys’ move, 12 staff and residents of the orphanage on the coast in which they have lived for years, will be making the long journey with them to provide emotional support during their permanent move to Cuenca. They are excited to take part in celebrating this miracle with us and saying good-bye to the boys. It has been a long and difficult road, but with your support, this joyous reunification will finally be here in a few short days. Maria’s story is one of the most incredible we have ever dealt with and one whose pride the expat community can share in making it all happen.

We will need extra support for these boys, and we want to do everything we can to make this family’s future the best it can be. To support Maria, you can make a donation at: https://www.givingway.com/project/a9af7d

Garry Vatcher: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

Giving new purpose to those things you no longer need

What does Hogar de Esperanza do with your donations of clothing and household items? First and foremost, we give them away to those who are most in need of them with great care taken to ensure that nothing goes to waste. Any extra items are sold in Esperanza Thrift Shop, where all of the proceeds go back into supporting the foundation’s mission. In addition, we have recently opened up a separate shop called Maria’s Garage Sale, run by Maria herself (one of our patients). A percentage of what she sells goes into a separate account to support her children. She represents all the single mothers who we help and who will be directly supported through proceeds from the sales in the garage sale.

Are you moving soon – perhaps across town or maybe even back home – and you have items that you can’t take with you? Do you wish you had someone to come carry away those items remaining after your moving sale, that you don’t know what to do with? Were you just spring-cleaning last week, and came across clothes in your closets that you no longer wanted? If you would like to do some incredible things with those items you no longer need or want, let us turn them into something valuable to help those in need.

We accept anything that you wish to donate, and put it to immediate use. You can come by Esperanza Thrift Shop, which is located at 8-18 Juan Montalvo y Mariscal Sucre, to drop off items Monday through Friday from 10 AM – 5 PM, and Saturday from 10 AM – 2 PM. We also do pick-ups of donations, so feel free to contact us to arrange a time. Thank you so much for your support of Hogar de Esperanza – we could not do any of this without you. https://www.givingway.com/project/a9af7d

Teresa Eklund: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

Something new and exciting from the Hogar

Probably for the first time in Ecuador, major Ecuadorian corporations have started distributing food to foundations who help redistribute it to those in need. Foundation Hogar de Esperanza has been given that task, here in Cuenca, to partner with these corporations in the distribution of usable food not selling in the supermarkets that would otherwise go to waste. It is an incredible opportunity and a great resource to help meet the needs of those facing hunger.

We have been receiving substantial donations from Supermaxi and Gran Aki for the past few weeks. Although the food is free, we still need to cover the costs of transportation, redistribution, storage, and repackaging. Our donors helped us purchase one commercial refrigerator and one freezer for which we are extremely grateful; however, we need another set in order to safely store all of the food prior to distribution. In addition, we are currently working to further streamline the processes that will allow us to redistribute in a safe and efficient manner. We have already redistributed to Mujeres con Exito and Hogar Cristo Rey.

This is an incredible project and one that will only grow over time. On October 8th, the University of Cuenca will be providing two nutrition students to assist us with coordination. Some of the homeless are also helping us with processing these donations and are learning new skills. This is one of the exciting projects that the expat community in Cuenca can be really proud of helping to start, and whose results will ricochet throughout the wider community.

But, we really need your continued support to make this successful. If we can do this properly, it can be a model to be used across Ecuador. Foundation Hogar de Esperanza has a reputation for getting things done properly and we are delighted that La Favorita Corporation has put their confidence in us to take this on. Please consider making a donation to support this project. If you prefer, we arrange for a pickup or you can do a bank transfer. Its’ success depends on you. https://www.givingway.com/project/a9af7d

Garry Vatcher: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

Something new and exciting from the Hogar

Probably for the first time in Ecuador, major Ecuadorian corporations have started distributing food to foundations who help redistribute it to those in need. Foundation Hogar de Esperanza has been given that task, here in Cuenca, to partner with these corporations in the distribution of usable food not selling in the supermarkets that would otherwise go to waste. It is an incredible opportunity and a great resource to help meet the needs of those facing hunger.

We have been receiving substantial donations from Supermaxi and Gran Aki for the past few weeks. Although the food is free, we still need to cover the costs of transportation, redistribution, storage, and repackaging. Our donors helped us purchase one commercial refrigerator and one freezer for which we are extremely grateful; however, we need another set in order to safely store all of the food prior to distribution. In addition, we are currently working to further streamline the processes that will allow us to redistribute in a safe and efficient manner. We have already redistributed to Mujeres con Exito and Hogar Cristo Rey.

This is an incredible project and one that will only grow over time. On October 8th, the University of Cuenca will be providing two nutrition students to assist us with coordination. Some of the homeless are also helping us with processing these donations and are learning new skills. This is one of the exciting projects that the expat community in Cuenca can be really proud of helping to start, and whose results will ricochet throughout the wider community.

But, we really need your continued support to make this successful. If we can do this properly, it can be a model to be used across Ecuador. Foundation Hogar de Esperanza has a reputation for getting things done properly and we are delighted that La Favorita Corporation has put their confidence in us to take this on. Please consider making a donation to support this project. If you prefer, we arrange for a pickup or you can do a bank transfer. Its’ success depends on you. https://www.givingway.com/project/a9af7d

Garry Vatcher: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

Something new and exciting from the Hogar

Probably for the first time in Ecuador, major Ecuadorian corporations have started distributing food to foundations who help redistribute it to those in need. Foundation Hogar de Esperanza has been given that task, here in Cuenca, to partner with these corporations in the distribution of usable food not selling in the supermarkets that would otherwise go to waste. It is an incredible opportunity and a great resource to help meet the needs of those facing hunger.

We have been receiving substantial donations from Supermaxi and Gran Aki for the past few weeks. Although the food is free, we still need to cover the costs of transportation, redistribution, storage, and repackaging. Our donors helped us purchase one commercial refrigerator and one freezer for which we are extremely grateful; however, we need another set in order to safely store all of the food prior to distribution. In addition, we are currently working to further streamline the processes that will allow us to redistribute in a safe and efficient manner. We have already redistributed to Mujeres con Exito and Hogar Cristo Rey.

This is an incredible project and one that will only grow over time. On October 8th, the University of Cuenca will be providing two nutrition students to assist us with coordination. Some of the homeless are also helping us with processing these donations and are learning new skills. This is one of the exciting projects that the expat community in Cuenca can be really proud of helping to start, and whose results will ricochet throughout the wider community.

But, we really need your continued support to make this successful. If we can do this properly, it can be a model to be used across Ecuador. Foundation Hogar de Esperanza has a reputation for getting things done properly and we are delighted that La Favorita Corporation has put their confidence in us to take this on. Please consider making a donation to support this project. If you prefer, we arrange for a pickup or you can do a bank transfer. Its’ success depends on you. https://www.givingway.com/project/a9af7d

Garry Vatcher: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

Real stories from the Hogar: Giving strength to families in crisis

At Hogar de Esperanza, we utilize every connection that we possibly can to assist those in greatest need. We strive to bring relief, and hope, to families suffering in the wake of a loved one’s illness. These families are some of the poorest of the poor, already vulnerable, and with nowhere else to turn.

Emilio, 40-years-old, recently received a cancer diagnosis, and can only receive the care that he needs here at SOLCA. The hospital in Mendez, where he lived, is familiar with our work, and contacted us requesting our help with coordinating Emilio’s treatment here in Cuenca. This is another example of how we cooperate with various hospitals across Ecuador. Emilio needed an immediate blood transfusion that his family could not afford, so we helped purchase what he needed at the Red Cross. As an additional means of supporting this poor family, we are providing accommodation for his brother and nephew to stay with us here at the foundation for the next month, so they can provide emotional support to their sick relative while also being available to donate blood during his initial round of cancer treatment. This support will help give the family the strength that they need to get through this especially difficult time.

In addition to Emilio, we have 25 other people staying here at the foundation right now, including patients and their families seeking medical treatment and other various means of assistance. We also continue to provide food to those in dire need who come to our door on a daily basis, desperately seeking help.

Times are tough for everyone right now, and we do whatever we can to bring them hope. But the needs are great, and our financial resources are low once again. Please help us to continue our work of helping those in greatest need. To donate, please follow our new link, https://www.givingway.com/project/a9af7d. Thank you so much – we could not do any of this without you!!

Garry Vatcher: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

Giving new purpose to those things you no longer need

What does Hogar de Esperanza do with your donations of clothing and household items? First and foremost, we give them away to those who are most in need of them with great care taken to ensure that nothing goes to waste. Any extra items are sold in Esperanza Thrift Shop, where all of the proceeds go back into supporting the foundation’s mission. In addition, we have recently opened up a separate shop called Maria’s Garage Sale, run by Maria herself (one of our patients). A percentage of what she sells goes into a separate account to support her children. She represents all the single mothers who we help and who will be directly supported through proceeds from the sales in the garage sale.

Are you moving soon – perhaps across town or maybe even back home – and you have items that you can’t take with you? Do you wish you had someone to come carry away those items remaining after your moving sale, that you don’t know what to do with? Were you just spring-cleaning last week, and came across clothes in your closets that you no longer wanted? If you would like to do some incredible things with those items you no longer need or want, let us turn them into something valuable to help those in need.

We accept anything that you wish to donate, and put it to immediate use. You can come by Esperanza Thrift Shop, which is located at 8-18 Juan Montalvo y Mariscal Sucre, to drop off items Monday through Friday from 10 AM – 5 PM, and Saturday from 10 AM – 2 PM. We also do pick-ups of donations, so feel free to contact us to arrange a time. Thank you so much for your support of Hogar de Esperanza – we could not do any of this without you. https://www.givingway.com/project/a9af7d

Teresa Eklund: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

Giving new purpose to those things you no longer need

 What does Hogar de Esperanza do with your donations of clothing and household items? First and foremost, we give them away to those who are most in need of them with great care taken to ensure that nothing goes to waste. Any extra items are sold in Esperanza Thrift Shop, where all of the proceeds go back into supporting the foundation’s mission. In addition, we have recently opened up a separate shop called Maria’s Garage Sale, run by Maria herself (one of our patients). A percentage of what she sells goes into a separate account to support her children. She represents all the single mothers who we help and who will be directly supported through proceeds from the sales in the garage sale.

Are you moving soon – perhaps across town or maybe even back home – and you have items that you can’t take with you? Do you wish you had someone to come carry away those items remaining after your moving sale, that you don’t know what to do with? Were you just spring-cleaning last week, and came across clothes in your closets that you no longer wanted? If you would like to do some incredible things with those items you no longer need or want, let us turn them into something valuable to help those in need.

We accept anything that you wish to donate, and put it to immediate use. You can come by Esperanza Thrift Shop, which is located at 8-18 Juan Montalvo y Mariscal Sucre, to drop off items Monday through Friday from 10 AM – 5 PM, and Saturday from 10 AM – 2 PM. We also do pick-ups of donations, so feel free to contact us to arrange a time. Thank you so much for your support of Hogar de Esperanza – we could not do any of this without you. https://www.givingway.com/project/a9af7d

Teresa Eklund: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

Important announcement from the Hogar

Hogar de Esperanza is excited to announce that we have been selected by La Favorita Group to receive weekly food donations. To have the respect and trust of Ecuadorian Corporations is a particularly important milestone for the foundation. After going through a vetting process, they decided to give us donations from two locations, the new Supermaxi at El Vergil and Gran Aki. This adds to the donations we already receive from Tutto Freddo and NutriLeche. Your support of our work was a major factor in us being able to secure these donations. We are expecting to be able to substantially increase our food distribution.

We are appealing to you for your financial support. With these donations, it is a requirement that we increase capacity at our location with fridge, freezer and storage space to ensure that quality is maintained. With the many medical and other needs we have to meet this week, it is impossible for us to invest in this capacity. You can make a donation by going to our new donation link at: https://www.givingway.com/project/a9af7d

If you would prefer that we pick up your cash donation or you wish to do a bank transfer, please contact us. Thank you for your support.

Garry Vatcher: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

Giving new purpose to those things you no longer need

 What does Hogar de Esperanza do with your donations of clothing and household items? First and foremost, we give them away to those who are most in need of them with great care taken to ensure that nothing goes to waste. Any extra items are sold in Esperanza Thrift Shop, where all of the proceeds go back into supporting the foundation’s mission. In addition, we have recently opened up a separate shop called Maria’s Garage Sale, run by Maria herself (one of our patients). A percentage of what she sells goes into a separate account to support her children. She represents all the single mothers who we help and who will be directly supported through proceeds from the sales in the garage sale.

Are you moving soon – perhaps across town or maybe even back home – and you have items that you can’t take with you? Do you wish you had someone to come carry away those items remaining after your moving sale, that you don’t know what to do with? Were you just spring-cleaning last week, and came across clothes in your closets that you no longer wanted? If you would like to do some incredible things with those items you no longer need or want, let us turn them into something valuable to help those in need.

We accept anything that you wish to donate, and put it to immediate use. You can come by Esperanza Thrift Shop, which is located at 8-18 Juan Montalvo y Mariscal Sucre, to drop off items Monday through Friday from 10 AM – 5 PM, and Saturday from 10 AM – 2 PM. We also do pick-ups of donations, so feel free to contact us to arrange a time. Thank you so much for your support of Hogar de Esperanza – we could not do any of this without you. https://www.givingway.com/project/a9af7d

Teresa Eklund: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

Hogar de Esperanza: Continuing to

We are so grateful for the generosity of our supporters, who have helped us provide assistance to thousands in greatest need here in Ecuador since the COVID-19 crisis began. We could not have done any of this without you. To make it easier for you to support us, we have recently partnered with GivingWay.

GivingWay accepts donations through PayPal or by Credit Card for our COVID-19 Relief Community Challenge project, please visit our donation page through this link:
https://www.givingway.com/project/a9af7d

Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) is able to issue a tax receipt for Credit Card donations at the following links:
For US residents: https://cafa.iphiview.com/cafa/OnlineDonation/tabid/542/dispatch/contribution_id$222444_hash$075916ce72b371fc61a3f9e6fabdfa1b2f4ac841/Default.aspx

For Canadian residents:
https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/m/30925/donation
Scroll down the list of options to find Hogar de Esperanza Canada

You can also donate through Ecuador bank transfer or by making a cash donation. Contact us for our bank account details or to schedule a cash pick-up. Many people depend on us for their basic needs and your support is greatly appreciated.

Garry Vatcher: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

Thank you, your contribution helps 107 families each week

Hearts of Gold has partnered with friend organizations to make a greater and more effective impact in the lives of hundreds of families in need from our community.

Each week, we deliver emergency food kits to over 107 families of the different vulnerable groups of Ecuadorian and Venezuelans, including single mothers, children, and seniors, many of them with disabilities, and personal stories of abuse and violence.

Every week, we hear the same: “You know, it’s not just a food basket, is feeling that we are not alone; that we have someone to rely on, and that gives us hope to continue. God bless you.”

These words touch our hearts and reaffirm our commitment of service; we don’t know when this pandemic will end, but we know something, we will never give up.

Fortunately, we have your support. You truly make a difference for us, and we are extremely grateful. We couldn’t do it without you.

We’d love to hear from you, contact us to our mail or visit our social media channels.

Hearts of Gold: info@heartsofgoldfoundation.org .

City: Cuenca

Covid-19 update from Hogar de Esperanza

With now over 5,700 cases in Cuenca, COVID-19 has gotten to the point where it is so wide-spread in the community, there is no stopping it. With about 80% of those with COVID-19 not showing symptoms and therefore, not being tested, it is probably safe to say there are many more cases than are being reported. For the past six months, with thousands of people passing through our doors to receive assistance here at Hogar de Esperanza, we have not had a case at the foundation until a few weeks ago. Of the 23 people staying or working at the foundation, everyone has been tested using various methods to determine their COVID-19 status. Our doctor treats COVID-19 patients and is considered an expert in this field.

Of those who tested positive for COVID-19 at the foundation, none had any serious illness that required any sort of hospitalization or special medications for treatment. And, thankfully, all of those who work closely with the public and our most vulnerable patients ALL tested negative. So, at no time was there ever any risk to the public. That includes me, Sandro, Oscar, Teresa and Jose.

Our Thrift Shop and all activities of the foundation will continue as normal as those at the foundation with COVID-19 have been isolated on the Second Floor of the foundation and will remain in quarantine until the doctors certify that they are free of the virus.

This situation, however, has put tremendous stress on our finances. We have had to put extra resources into testing and extra sanitation measures recently to ensure that the situation is contained. In addition, with a reduced volunteer pool, we have had to pay people to help us complete certain critical activities as some of our volunteers have had to go into quarantine. We also have huge demands for medications and food that we have not been able to meet because of the extra expenses, and we need to meet those needs this next week. Any amount you are able to donate will be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much for your support of our continuing work during this especially challenging time.

https://www.givingway.com/project/a9af7d

Garry Vatcher: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

New safe passage on driving from Emov effective in October

The state of emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic will end on September 13 in Ecuador. In this way, measures such as the curfew or restrictions on the right of free association will end. However, with the end of the state of emergency does not mean that everything will return to the normality that was had last January.

Citizens that require a new safe-conduct passage can do so until September 30 on the EMOV institutional page,” said Leonardo Morales, EMOV control manager. Also after this date, the government of Ecuador may terminate the immigration decrees they have due to the Covid Pandemic and this has benefited many people. Then, from the 13th, they can begin to study the termination of this treaty if many people need to do their papers. My advice is to do it before the end of all these.
https://www.propiedadintelectual.gob.ec/covid_19/files/Decreto_Ejecutivo_No._1020_20200223182645.pdf

Likewise, all tourists who have stayed due to the pandemic stuck in Ecuador once the agreement is finished, all must fix their immigration situation so will not have to pay fines and any other charges they may have once everything returns to normal as soon as to immigration laws in the country.
If you need help and advice about your immigration situation, I will always be there to help you.

Monica Gonzaga: 593 98 384 1691 WhatsApp

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Hogar de Esperanza: The value of partnerships

How many partners should an organization have at any one time? Some say, the more the merrier. However, here at Hogar de Esperanza, we feel that the value is not found simply in the number, but in the benefit that each organization brings to the other. And in our line of work, where we have some of the most difficult cases referred to us on a regular basis, each of our partnerships is so valuable to us.

For us, partnership and collaboration mean something incredibly special. Since this crisis began, we have partnered with more than 20 organizations. Organizations that have been on the front lines helping those in need. Organizations who work, day in and day out, to fulfill the same mission as we do. They send us those who have nowhere else to turn. They have brought us their sick, pregnant women, the elderly. Those with drug addictions, mental health issues, cancer, HIV. Those hungry and living on the streets, those with no family and all alone. And, through our strong network of partners throughout Cuenca, we work to bring them back to good health.

Our partnerships go both ways, bringing so much to our work helping those in need. The National Police helped us control the lines of people who came to us for help at the height of the lockdown. In return, while we helped get those released from the Turi Jail back to their homes, we fed them, housed them, clothed them, and healed them.

However, this crisis is far from over. And while our partnerships allow us to stretch your donations to the maximum, the needs remain huge, and our current financial resources are not able to meet these needs. Please help us to continue our work of helping those in greatest need. To donate, please follow our new link, https://www.givingway.com/project/a9af7d. Thank you so much – we could not do any of this without you!!

Garry Vatcher: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

Amazon donates to your favorite charity with every purchase

Just a reminder that Amazon will make a donation to your favorite charity with every purchase. Just type in smile.amazon.com. Consider choosing Give Refugees A ChancE which supports our local Grace for Refugees organization.

Taylor: 099 203 6812. Call after: 10 AM.

City: Cuenca

Thank you everyone

You are very kind and generous with your help. Thank you — each and every one of you who responded to my question and requests for help! I will follow up on each and every piece of sage advice.

You guys rock,

Barbie Simmons: ibarbarita@ hotmail.com

City: Cuenca

Donation

Dear American friends, a pleasure to greet you. My name is Susana Lovera. I like to do social work and help my Venezuelan countrymen. If you have clothes, shoes, sheets, towels, blankets that you don’t use at home and you want to donate, contact me. Help me help others. My WhatsApp is +593 99 584 6688. I live in the center of Cuenca very close to the October 9 market. Thanks in advance.

Susana Lovera: +593 99 584 6688. Call after: 7 AM.

City: Cuenca

Promoting human dignity through Hogar de Esperanza

During 2019, through your generous in-kind donations of items to Hogar de Esperanza, we donated over $6,600 worth of clothing, beds, household items and kitchen supplies, to those in need: single mothers, those disabled or living with chronic illness and the homeless. With your support, we were there to help provide relief and comfort to so many families going through difficult times. We also raised $9,200 to help fund our programs through sales in our Thrift Shop. These funds went to help provide medications, food, transportation, and more, to our patients living with chronic illnesses.

There are a few things that make us unique among non-profits. First, we meet one-on-one with each person who comes to us for assistance. And instead of simply handing them things, we let them browse our thrift shop and shop for free. This way, they get exactly what they need, and by giving them the chance to make their own choices, we are providing them with a sense of dignity.

Secondly, we take steps to make sure things are not re-sold by visiting people in their homes and assessing their needs. Thirdly, what about that stuff you think is not worth anything? We have opened up a separate shop called Maria’s Garage Sale, run by Maria herself (one of our patients). A percentage of what she sells goes into a separate account to support her children. She represents all the single mothers who will be directly supported through proceeds from the sales in the garage sale.

We believe that Esperanza Thrift Shop is the best place for those things you no longer need or want. You can feel proud and assured that your donations always are put to the best use possible. Send us a message and we will schedule a time to pick-up your donations, or you can drop them off at Juan Montalvo 8-18 and Mariscal Sucre from Monday-Friday from 10-5, or Saturday from 10-2. Thank you so much – we could not do any of this without you.

Teresa Eklund: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

Dog adoption

My name is Bruno. I am 8-9 years old. I’m a very obedient friendly dog. I would love to be part of a caring home. My paw is injured but that doesn’t stop me from playing and being a happy dog. I was rescued by my current family 3 years ago but unfortunately they have to move.

For more information please contact my owners.

Karla: 098 495 2989. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Urgent need, David Vander Plaats

Our good friend, David Vander Plaats (husband of Nancy Thornton and father of Katherine Vander Plaats) is in Hospital del Rio, receiving hemodialysis for an infected kidney. Nancy and Katherine are currently in the United States. David has been sick for at least three weeks with very severe symptoms and has undergone a surgery and two hospitalizations. The good news is that he is improving and is expected to be released within a few days. The bad news is that although David has IESS coverage, it will not pay for his current treatment. More than $10,000 has already been paid and the family’s resources are depleted. David will need an additional $6,000 in order to be released from the hospital. Can you help? Donations can be made through PayPal at Davidvanderplaats58@gmail.com. If you wish to make a cash donation, please message Frances Hogg Lochow or email rhlochow@gmail.com. Your help is very much appreciated.

Frances Hogg Lochow: 093 929 7017. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Real stories from the Hogar: Another Chance at Life

Eduardo, our newest patient, arrived on Saturday from Machala. The social worker who drove him to Cuenca broke down crying when he met us. He said that he was so grateful for us because patients like Eduardo never had a chance before and would be dead within two months. The young man is in pretty bad shape: stick-thin, lethargic and running a high fever. We immediately had him tested for COVID-19, and the results came back negative, which was a relief. We have a full medical check-up scheduled for him today.

Eduardo’s story is one of the sad ones that we often hear. At 20 years old, he was an orphan, living alone. He said that his health had only started going downhill two weeks ago. He visited the local clinic and found out he had HIV. When his landlord found out, he was not allowed to enter the house. He was too sick to work, so lost his job and now had to sleep on the streets. As a last resort of desperation, he went back to the health clinic, who reached out to us. Eduardo now has somewhere safe to stay where we can get him proper medical attention, a healthy diet and most of all – a family to support him as he bravely takes on another chance at life.

Here at Hogar de Esperanza, we continue with our mission helping those in need, with a focus on providing medical attention and social support to those living with chronic illness. Over the past several months, the types of assistance that we offer have only been expanded upon in order to meet the growing needs of those affected by the COVID-19 crisis. This includes food support to those most vulnerable: single mothers, the sick, homeless, disabled and elderly. But we have continued to support our long-term patients, and with interprovincial travel starting to open up more, we are ready to bring them to Cuenca for their overdue medical appointments. Like with Eduardo, we are here for them – doing whatever we can to provide assistance and hope to help them live their best and healthiest lives.

If you would like to support our efforts in helping those most vulnerable in need of hope and a helping hand, you can donate online at: http://www.hogaresperanza.org/en/donations/. If you prefer to make a donation through bank transfer, please contact us for the account information. We are also happy to schedule pick-ups of cash donations and in-kind donations of items. Thank you so much – we could not do any of this without you.

Garry Vatcher: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

Help me to help, by Sole

Hi All, Thank you all who have been supporting my project of helping local families during these difficult times. This week I will be going to Nero on Saturday, so donations of food, clothes, blankets , money are welcome.

The last 3 weeks we were able to help 48 families! Thank you.

Anything you can donate is always welcome.

Please drop it at La Yunta. Ave 1 de mayo and Ave Americas,

If you can’t we will find the time to go to collect it.

Thank you again from the bottom of my heart.

Sole Riquetti: layuntatiendaycocina@gmail.com 098 945 6551. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Giving purpose to things you no longer need

What does Hogar de Esperanza do with your donations of clothing and household items? First and foremost, we give them away to those who are most in need of them. Great care is taken to make sure that they get exactly what they need. Any extra items are sold in our thrift shop, where all of the proceeds go back into directly supporting the foundation’s work of helping those in need.

Are you moving soon – perhaps across town or maybe even back home – and you have items that you can’t take with you? Do you wish you had someone to come carry away those items remaining after your moving sale, that you don’t know what to do with? Were you just spring-cleaning last week, and came across clothes in your closets that you no longer wanted? If you would like to do some incredible things with those items you no longer need or want, let us turn them into something valuable to help those in need.

We accept anything that you wish to donate, and put it to immediate use. You can come by the thrift shop, which is located at 8-18 Juan Montalvo y Mariscal Sucre, to drop off items Monday through Friday from 10 AM – 5 PM, and Saturday from 10 AM – 2 PM. We also do pick-ups of donations, so feel free to contact us to arrange a time. Thank you so much for your support of Hogar de Esperanza – we could not do any of this without you. http://www.hogaresperanza.org/en/donations

Garry Vatcher: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

Hogar de Esperanza thanks you for your support to Guachapala families

One-year old Isabella was born prematurely, and has not yet caught up to the size nor the abilities of other babies her age. Doctors said that she was failing to thrive, and needed special formula and vitamins to give her small body a nutritional boost. Fulfilling this recommendation was out of reach for her family, farmers from Guachapala who lived off the land with little disposable income, and these items being very expensive. But being a small town, the municipal government of Guachapala knew each and every family by name, and each one’s blessings and struggles alike. While they did not have the resources to help little Isabella, these warm-hearted leaders took the initiative to find her the help she needed.

Last Friday, Hogar de Esperanza visited Guachapala, a rural farming community near Paute. With the support of our generous donors, we delivered hope – in the form of nonperishable food, diapers, medicines and vitamins – to 18 families with young children, all in dire need. Working closely with the government of Guachapala, these special families and their needs were identified. On Friday, we went together, from family to family, to meet the needs of each one individually, including those with special needs babies. The sincere gratitude they expressed was overwhelming. And the honor we felt in helping little Isabella, and the many children and families in a similar, difficult situation, is all the thanks we needed. We share that with all of you, our supporters – we could not have done any of this without you. Thank you so much for helping us to help assist our neighbors in Guachapala.

If you would like to make a donation, you can do so by following the links at http://www.hogaresperanza.org/en/donations/. We are also happy to pick up cash donations. Thank you so much – we could not do any of this without you.

Garry Vatcher: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

Please consider donating used refrigerator or stove

A self-supporting, older refugee needs the appliances to generate income for herself. This industrious, kind-hearted woman volunteers her time helping other refugees and low-income Ecuadorians in need and now needs a hand herself. Please keep her in mind if you come across a fridge or stove that someone is willing to part with.

Taylor: 099 203 6812. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

We never stand so tall as when we stoop to help a child

We try to keep our asks to a minimum. There is so much need that it can become overwhelming to the community and we know that you are all doing as much as you can in this unprecedented time…

…but we have to ask this time. One of our clients from the Cuenca Soup Kitchen has come back to us and is in real need of help.

This mother of three visited the soup kitchen occasionally when her family was in real need. When her husband had work, she stopped coming and gave her spot to other families. Covid has turned all of that upside down.

She and her husband have three young children; 7, 12, and 14. The 12-year-old is severely autistic and needs medication which they can’t afford. The 7-year-old is completely disabled and is confined to a crib-like wheelchair. She is also blind and unable to communicate. She requires diapers, which are expensive here. The husband has been unemployed for months and now he has COVID. He should stay home but he can’t as he tries to raise money in the streets to get food for the family. The woman is healthy but exhausted and frightened, she also spends many hours in the streets trying to get a few dollars to buy food for the children.

We were just able to get them included in our food program for a weekly delivery of $10 worth of groceries, but donations are dropping as the need continues to grow. We would like to be able to help with their medical needs which includes medicines and diapers but our current budget is razor-thin. We also would like to be able to add other families to our program to help them to weather this pandemic.

We need to grow our reliable budget with recurring monthly donations, large or small, so that we can know what we can count on each month. That helps us to provide ongoing help to these people instead of just one-time “band aids”.

We are really asking for your help with this family. Their needs are ongoing. They will ALWAYS need those XXL diapers. They will ALWAYS need that medication.

To arrange drop-off or pick up of items please contact info@cuencasoupkitchen.org.

To contribute via PayPal at jeffrey@jlsdesigns.net

To do a bank to bank transfer our account information is:
Hearts of Gold, Cuenta de ahorros JEP
Account number: 406079928700
RUC number: 0190395251002

To commit to a monthly donation, large or small, please go to: https://www.cuencasoupkitchen.org/ and click the red DONATE button.

Be assured that 100% of your donation will be used to help provide these necessities.

Thank you. Without you, none of this is possible.

Des Dizney, Bill O’Brien, and Smith

Cuenca Soup Kitchen Directors

City: Cuenca

Hogar de Esperanza is going to Guachapala

We receive many requests for assistance, both here in Cuenca and around the country. One recent appeal for assistance, however, is very special to us. Guachapala is a rural farming community near Paute, where the needs of its community have mostly been overlooked during the COVID-19 crisis. After contacting many organizations, the Municipality of Guachapala was told that we were the only one who could help them with their specific needs. They have 15 families there without adequate food supplies, including several with special needs babies who were born prematurely and require special vitamins and formula to thrive.

Due to the travel restrictions, the preparations and coordination have taken some time. We now have everything organized, and this coming Friday we are making the trip to deliver this aid. We are looking forward to meeting these families and spreading some love from Cuenca to Guachapala by assisting our neighbors in need.

If you would like to make a donation, you can do so by following the links at http://www.hogaresperanza.org/en/donations/. We are also happy to pick up cash donations. Thank you so much – we could not do any of this without you.

Garry Vatcher: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

COVID-19 Relief Business Challenge

Since the COVID-19 crisis began, many Cuenca businesses have been contributing to the efforts helping those in dire need. One of those was San Sebas Café. With the support of its generous customers, they provided Hogar de Esperanza with a donation of non-perishable food items to help re-stock our food bank. We are grateful for their support in keeping those most vulnerable healthy and fed during this challenging time.

Hogar de Esperanza’s upcoming webpage will highlight these special contributions made by businesses during this continuing crisis. Whether your type of business you own – you, too, can make a difference in your community. We would like to promote the good work you are doing, or that you are planning to do, to help those who need assistance during this crisis.

We understand that the COVID-19 crisis brought with it a difficult economic situation, and that many local businesses are struggling to adapt and stay afloat right now. Your efforts in pushing forward to help others even while facing your own difficulties is a mark of a true humanitarian, and we want to recognize these efforts. The promotion of your good deeds in support of your community can also help to promote your business.

Join forces with Hogar de Esperanza and other local businesses to make a difference in the lives of those struggling in our community right now. To register your business and activity, please contact us at info@minka.news. If you would like to make a donation, you can do so by following the links at http://www.hogaresperanza.org/en/donations/. If this donation is on behalf of your group, please identify it by making a note while donating or by sending us an email. We are also happy to pick up cash donations. Thank you so much – we could not do any of this without you

Kevin Granda: info@minka.news 099 467 6488. Call after: 10 AM.

City: Cuenca

Giving a helping hand to others in need

Perhaps it was Helen Keller who said it best, that . . . “The true test of a character, is to face harsh conditions, with the determination to make them better.” There are many of us retired expats who can weather the storm clouds of this pandemic, relying on our steady pensions and annuities to continue feeding and sheltering us. We worked long and hard to receive our entitlements, and have every right to reap their bounty. But during these times of self-isolation (to limit any exposure to becoming infected) it’s easy to miss seeing the less fortunate, frequently visible on Cuenca’s street corners begging for handouts. Many of them are economic refugees who had no other choice but to flee from Venezuela, where the food stores are empty; the hospitals are out of medicines; hyper-inflation continues to make their currency (the Bolivar) worthless; and violence is increasing and becoming normal.

Thankfully, here in Cuenca there is a private charitable organization that collects donations to help these refugees – and many are destitute families – to get back on their feet. Created in May 2019, the GRACE Foundation (Give Refugees A ChancE) is a non-profit, public charity with an IRS tax deductible 501(c)(3) status. As explained by Karla Sánchez Arismendi, Public Relations Manager of GRACE (and herself a Venezuela refugee in 2015), “Our charity exists to help refugees get back on their feet. To do this we have tailored our help to the individual needs of each refugee or family.

Along with medical and legal services, we have helped with school uniforms, bringing loved ones out of Venezuela, providing household items, food, clothing, and helping to get small family businesses started. These services are provided on a case-by-case basis, according to their needs, after a vetting process.” Karla further explained that they now have a network of 12 doctors and a psychiatrist to help meet their medical and psychological needs, especially for those who suffer from the stresses associated with fleeing their country, and arriving here almost penniless. These refugees include skilled, professionals such as physicians, psychologists, lawyers, dentists, engineers, social workers, and journalists. According to Saxon Gotfried, Founder/Chairman of the Board of GRACE, to date “Over six hundred patients have received free medical care and prescriptions; five thousand hungry mouths have been fed; three hundred cold bodies clothed; forty job seekers have become employed; sixty babies covered with free diapers and given infant formulas;and fifteen lives safely evacuated and rescued from imminent harm in Venezuela.” He said that GRACE is founded upon the business model promulgated by the winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, Muhammad Yunus, who created economic and social development projects to aid in raising societies out of poverty, while advancing democracy and protecting human rights. 

Should anyone stereotype these refugees as being too lazy to find any work, it is noteworthy that many of them brought their professional skills and careers into Ecuador. These include medical doctors, nurses, dentists, accountants, attorneys, psychiatrists, artists, pharmacists, business managers, government administrators, linguists, chefs, and repairmen. All are eager and willing to apply their individual expertise to benefit their new homeland, and only ask to be given such a chance. Many such persons have received grants from GRACE to rebuild their lives and succeed with integrating as new neighbors into our city. 

With their motto “Love Without Limits or Discrimination”, the foundation’s humanitarian efforts succeed only upon the gracious donations of the Cuenca citizens. To help their efforts, you may donate thru their website at: https://giverefugeesachance.org/donate. To drop off donated clothing, their office [Castle GRACE] is located at Calle Guillermo Medina 24-01 y Mariscal Lamar, one block from Avenida de las Américas.

“We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone” – Ronald Reagan

Bartley Dalfonso: bdalfonso.ec@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

COVID-19 Relief Community Challenge Number 1

There are many social groups here in Cuenca who are making a huge difference during this challenging time. Recently, Hogar de Esperanza received a donation from the Cuenca Cribbage Group in support of our work, for which we are extremely grateful.

We are working on a webpage that will highlight many of the special contributions that groups, businesses, and individuals have made and continue to make during the COVID-19 crisis. Whether it is a church group, games group, neighborhood group or social group, we want to hear what contributions you are making or your plans to get involved.

In this time of social distancing, many of these groups are unable to meet. We present them with the opportunity to refocus their energy on helping those in dire need. Join forces with other social groups and Hogar de Esperanza to make a difference in the lives of those struggling in our Ecuador communities right now.

To register your group and activity, please contact us at info@minka.news. If you would like to make a donation, you can do so by following the links at http://www.hogaresperanza.org/en/donations/. If this donation is on behalf of your group, please identify it in the notes section or by sending us an email. Thank you so much – we could not do any of this without you.

Kevin Granda: info@minka.news 099 467 6488. Call after: 10 AM.

City: Cuenca

Thanks for Gracie’s Birthday Fundraiser for Patan Rescue Group

A year ago, I was blessed with an amazing rescue puppy from Patan Rescue Group, and named her Amazing Grace. In honor of her first birthday, I wanted to give something back to Patan. Mauricio and his team (Jill and Barbara, too) work tirelessly for these animals.

We had our first fundraiser, and I wanted to thank our sponsors who donated raffle items:

– a 30 kg bag of dog food,
– a dog massage class and a “Day at the Doggie Spa”, donated by Maria of Pet Wash (Calle Victor Manuel Albornoz & Los Cedros),
– 2 large gourmet pizzas donated by Antony of 11 Pizza and Biergarten (located next to Calvo & Co. on Los Alamos).
– Jose of Calvo & Company donated gourmet hamburgers for two,
– Andres of La Guarida donated breakfast for two, and a cash donation and
– a complimentary “Well Check” from our beloved veterinario, Dr. Gallardo.

We are going to have another fundraiser in October, a “Dog Wash” to be hosted by Pet Wash once the weather’s warmer and health restrictions eased, so stay tuned.

Muchas gracias, todos!

Gerri: gerriweits@yahoo.com .

City: Cuenca

Hogar de Esperanza: A closer look at our secretary

We are introducing another member of our team of directors. This week we are going to profile our Secretary, Sandro Garcia. Hailing from Machala, Sandro worked for many years in Business Administration and Management with several well-known international companies, such as KFC. He is also a licensed educator in Labor Relations, Business Processes and Management. He has broad experience in Ecuadorian legal and organizational requirements. His experiences have made him the perfect fit as the Foundation’s Secretary for the past three years. He is fully committed to the foundation and its future stability. Organized, professional and knowledgeable, we are grateful to have him as a member of our team.

Sandro leads on all matters involving legal and organizational requirements. From negotiating contracts to making sure the Foundation follows all legal requirements and documentation, he does whatever he can to make sure that all of our operations run smoothly. The Foundation has a lot of respect in the Ecuadorian community and among the different government bodies, and Sandro has been instrumental in us earning that respect. He also organizes food and support distribution, interviews clients and works with all our partner organizations and our medical team coordinating various services and cooperative efforts.

If you would like to support our efforts in helping those in greatest need who need medical care, food support or encouragement to rebuild their lives, you can donate online at: http://www.hogaresperanza.org/en/donations/. If you prefer to make a donation through bank transfer, please contact us for the account information. We are also happy to schedule pick-ups of cash donations and in-kind donations of items. Thank you so much – we could not do any of this without you.

Garry Vatcher: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

I’m matching dollar for dollar…

Last chance before Tuesday to get aboard the “matching dollar” campaign to buy blankets.

The look on the parents’ faces show the wonder and gratitude when they not only get food, but also a wonderful wool blanket to wrap their children with during these cold months.

We have over 30 now and it would be fantastic to add to that number. I am matching dollars in memory of my lost companion, Moshe. I am selling his blankets and turning them into blankets for the people.

Please help those less fortunate than you if you can.

Email or call for payment methods:
curlskim@hotmail.com
0991722849

Kimberly Curls: curlskim@hotmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Now More Than Ever

We are so grateful for the generosity of our supporters, who have helped us provide assistance to thousands in greatest need during the COVID-19 crisis. We could not have done any of this without you!

Every time we hear that familiar knock on the door, our hearts sink a bit with the thought of, “Will we be able to help, or will we be forced to turn them away?” The knocks come at all hours of the day and night and have been steadily increasing as the crisis goes on. Is it another mother who cannot feed her children? Someone with a sick baby? Someone who has been searching all day for food and now at 10pm is knocking at our door because they are desperate? Someone escaping violence?

We have seen it all. Crying mothers. Crying men. Crying grandmothers. Sick babies. Pregnant women. In wheelchairs. On crutches. Some carried. Disabled. Cancer. HIV. Scared. Living on the street. Eating out of garbage bins. Eating nothing at all for days. However, the needs are still massive.

Every time we hear that familiar knock on the door, our hearts sink a bit with the thought of, “Will we be able to help, or will we be forced to turn them away?” The knocks come at all hours of the day and night and have been steadily increasing as the crisis goes on. Is it another mother who cannot feed her children? Someone with a sick baby? Someone who has been searching all day for food and now at 10pm is knocking at our door because they are desperate? Someone escaping violence?

We have seen it all. Crying mothers. Crying men. Crying grandmothers. Sick babies. Bloodied men. Pregnant women. In wheelchairs. On crutches. Some carried. Disabled. Cancer. HIV. Scared. Living on the street. Eating out of garbage bins. Eating nothing at all for days.

The economy has taken a sharp downturn, which affects the poor most severely. Those who depend on a daily wage, barely eking by to convert their meager earnings into food each day, are still struggling to recover and survive. Young single mothers, the elderly, the sick, the homeless, and those with chronic illnesses all continue to come to us for help.

We want to answer that call. But the requests are many, and resources are few. If we were to meet all the needs this month, we would need to raise an additional $8,000 to meet our current shortfall. We are appealing to our supporters once again – to help us help those in dire need. If you would like to support our efforts, you can donate online at: http://www.hogaresperanza.org/en/donations/. If you prefer to make a donation through bank transfer, please contact us for the account information. We are also happy to schedule pick-ups of cash donations and in-kind donations of items. Thank you so much – we could not do any of this without you.

Garry Vatcher: info@hogaresperanza.org 099-094-7611. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

Help us help her

Hello, and blessings to all. Today, myself and a group of touched hearts organized this GoFundMe with the intent to raise money for young Danna Paola and her family in Cuenca, Ecuador. Danna is an 18-month-old toddler with the rare disease West Syndrome, a debilitating pre-existing birth condition that causes severe seizures along with physical and mental debilitation’s that have stunted her development.

Currently, her father lacks the means to a stable job, while her mother not only finds herself raising young Danna, but her other two siblings as well, all the while dealing with her own physical debilitation that affects her vision. Danna requires weekly therapeutic sessions geared at assisting and improving her motor and speech functions, and has dietary restrictions that prevent her from eating in accordance to her age.

We ask that you help us raise this money as a means to assist this struggling family with little to no support, all in efforts to provide Danna with a slightly brighter future. All proceeds will be sent to the family, and information on West Syndrome and its direct effects to development will be attached. If you have any other means to assist this family, be it with information or letting other people know, it would be greatly appreciated…

Let’s not let Danna lose her smile. Thank you and may God continuously bless you.

Please share with your family and friends. You can donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/t2h3b-help-us-help-her?sharetype=teams&member=5070906&utm_medium=social&utm_source=whatsapp&utm_campaign=p_na+share-sheet&rcid=a16a78fbb00f47bd8f65b7da8aea2134

Andrea: verdesotoesteban2@yahoo.com .

City: Cuenca

$1 provides bread for one hungry family

For only $1 you can provide bread for one hungry family. We only need to look out our windows to see the needy of Cuenca. The volunteers of the Loaves of Love Project are doing what we can. We have already delivered over 4,000 loaves of bread, but there are many more hungry families. That’s why we need your help.

Bread is a staple of the Ecuadoran diet. By contracting with a local bakery, we can bake and deliver fresh nutritious bread to a hungry family for only $1 per bread bag. Each bread bag contains 10 small loaves.

We understand it’s not the best time to ask for money. But we also know, all it takes is $1 to make a difference to a family in need. Please look around for any spare change, it will make a difference.
Our goal, with your help, is to provide bread to another 5,000 hungry Cuenca families. We’re fully transparent. Every dollar goes directly to bake and deliver bread to those in need.

Please note this is corrected link for gofundme ((https://www.gofundme.com/f/cuenca-expats-helping-hands-fund). Please contact us (events@expatsmags.com) for PayPal information, or we’re happy to drop by and safely pick up your donation. Thank you for your support.

Marian Rios: mariamjrb2000@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

I’ll match you

Ok, It is getting really cold and we need more blankets. This time, I will match blanket for blanket for your contribution. 

Come on, you get warm and fuzzy for giving someone a warm and fuzzy blanket.

Check out the photo to see these high-quality blankets.

Call or email for payment options. 099 172 2849

Thanks,

Kimberly Curls: curlskim@hotmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Real stories from the Hogar: Rescued from the raging river

Firemen pulled Nicolas from one of the rivers here in Cuenca last week. Close to death, but still feeling a weak pulse in his skinny wrist, they delivered the naked, young man to the nearest hospital. He had removed his clothing and tried to commit suicide by jumping into the river, but the firemen had foiled his plans. He literally owned not a stitch of clothing, so the hospital gave him the only thing they had on hand and discharged him. He seemed to disappear inside the oversized biosecurity suit he was wearing when he arrived at Hogar de Esperanza yesterday morning.

Nicolas’ story is one of the sad ones. He is an orphan, all alone in the world – no place to call home, no family, no friends. With the coronavirus situation and lockdown, he struggled to survive, all alone and hungry. He has severe emotional problems, so did not join the other homeless youth near the river. He kept to himself, depressed and destitute. One day, he finally wanted to end his pain. But someone, something, somewhere, decided that it was not yet his time to go. And he was delivered into our care.

He will be with us until he gets back on his feet again. Our in-house psychologist will work with him and he will receive care from our volunteer doctor on Thursday. He has new clothes that were donated, warm meals, somewhere safe to recover, and caring people around him. Perhaps this is a new beginning for young Nicolas. We are here to help him reclaim his life, and give him hope again, in any way we possibly can.

If you would like to support our efforts in young men in need, like Nicolas, who find themselves needing a extra help, you can donate online at: http://www.hogaresperanza.org/en/donations/. If you prefer to make a donation through bank transfer, please contact us for the account information. We are also happy to schedule pick-ups of cash donations and in-kind donations of items. Thank you so much – we could not do any of this without you.

Garry Vatcher: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

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