Take advantage of a variety of services while supporting a good cause

Do you wish that you didn’t have to run around to pay all your bills each month? Do you struggle with Spanish and need some extra support in registering or confirming your COVID-19 vaccine appointment? Do you want to support a good cause here in Cuenca? Well look no further – you can do it all and more at Hogar de Esperanza’s Expat Services Center.

At the Expat Services Center, we offer a variety of services to make your life as an expat a bit easier:
§ Take advantage of our one-stop, in-person bill pay (water, electricity, phone, cable, IESS, and more) – and pay all your bills in one place!
§ Let us sign you up for automatic monthly bill pay, and leave all your bill payments to us!
§ Rely on us to pay your bills (and even your rent!) while you’re out of town
§ Learn about your local insurance options (health, travel, vehicle, renter’s insurance, and more) and get help signing up
§ Register for your COVID-19 vaccine
§ Send money internationally through Western Union
§ Make deposits/withdrawals/transfers from your Banco Pichincha account
§ Open up your personal Banco Pichincha bank account
§ Purchase a local SIM card and let us set it up for you

For all of your unique expat needs, we are here to help. We speak both English and Spanish. And by utilizing our services, we receive a small commission with each transaction that goes back into our work here at the foundation, helping those most in need. Contact us for more information. Or just stop by to chat with us and see for yourself!

Open hours for the Expat Services Center are: Monday – Friday from 8 AM – 5:30 PM, and Saturday from 8 AM – 1 PM (except during the lockdown). The Center is located at Mariscal Sucre 12-84 y Juan Montalvo, just around the corner from our Esperanza Thrift Shop. Thank you for your support.

Garry Vatcher: services@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Real Stories from the Hogar: Bringing life back to those on the brink

9 months ago, a young man was brought to us from a hospital on the coast. 22-years old, an orphan with no family whatsoever. He was experiencing multiple, serious health complications due to his recent diagnosis, and the hospital that referred him to us expected him to die. They did not know what else to do with him. So young Diego arrived at Hogar de Esperanza with a T-cell count of 5. His immune system was shot, and he should have already been dead. He was burning up with a high fever, was bone thin and unable to eat or walk. His chances of surviving were indeed slim.

Diego passed by the foundation a few days ago for a visit and to pick up his HIV medications. He now appeared a normal young man, smiling and the picture of health, telling us all about his new job. My mind quickly flashed back to the 6 months we had spent with him at the foundation, the first weeks being touch and go. I remember waking up those first nights to go check if he was still breathing, and expecting the worst. How, in addition to his health problems, dealing with his stubbornness and emotional issues were just as challenging. How he had been so angry about his HIV status, refusing to accept it, and wanting to just escape from it all. How we were persistent with getting him medical care and insisting that he take his medications. The countless pep talks we had with him to keep him on the right track. His T-cells are now at a healthier count of 200, and his viral load is undetectable. Diego is truly a miracle – one of our favorite examples of how, with your support, we have helped bring life back to those on the brink of death.

If you would like to support us in continuing our programs of helping those in need like young Diego, you can make a donation though GivingWay at: https://www.givingway.com/donate/fundacion-hogar-de-esperanza or find other options at: https://hogaresperanza.org/en/donations/ Thank you for your support.

Garry Vatcher: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Expat Services Center– get help with your COVID-19 vaccine appointment

Do you still need help registering for your vaccine on the Ministry of Health’s website? Are you starting to wonder why all your friends have received a notification for their vaccine appointment and you are still waiting? Or maybe you received a robocall in Spanish, had trouble understanding what it was all about, and now are worried it was related to your vaccine appointment?

Let Hogar de Esperanza’s Expat Services Center help you find answers to your vaccine-related questions, and breathe a bit easier knowing that you are all set. While we don’t promise to have all the answers, we can share with you the information on what we do know, we can call 171 on your behalf, and just generally do our best to help you sort things out – all free of charge.

An update that we want to share with you is that IESS announced it is signing up its eligible members for their vaccines. However, it seems that not everyone they sign up is being notified of their appointment time. If you are a member of IESS, you can log into your online account and check there to see if you have an appointment scheduled. Or contact us if you need help checking.

The Expat Services Center is offering to assist anyone – at no charge – with registering for and confirming their vaccine appointments here in Cuenca. Send us an email, call us, or just stop by during our open hours. We are happy to help you get vaccinated, as this, in turn, helps our Cuenca community as a whole.

Open hours for the Expat Services Center are: Monday – Friday from 8 AM – 5:30 PM, and Saturday from 8 AM – 1 PM (except during the lockdown). The Center is located at Mariscal Sucre 12-84 y Juan Montalvo, just around the corner from our Esperanza Thrift Shop. Look for the bright yellow sign. Thank you for your support.

Victor Suarez: services@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Hogar de Esperanza (Home of Hope) celebrating 5 years of changing lives

May 1st marked 5 years since we first opened our doors. Due to the current, enhanced COVID-19 restrictions, we are holding off on our celebrations for now – so stay tuned.

In reflecting on how far we have come during this short time, our growth has been phenomenal. We started out on Tarqui in a small building with just 6 rooms. Our kitchen was so tiny that only one person could enter at a time. The office space was nestled in the overhangs of the open patio, protected with a plastic tarp for when it rained. But we made do with what we had, and utilized the space efficiently to begin putting our mission in action. That first year, we provided 659 meals and 238 nights of accommodation to those living with HIV or those at risk due to poverty.

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Project “Helping Minds”

Hi folks out there, my name is Frank Gonzalez. I’m planning to offer a support group called ‘Helping Minds’. Many of us find that we would benefit from emotional support during these difficult times.
A trained retired therapist has agreed to assist the facilitation of the group.

I have a large place and we will serve coffee, tea and a little something. This is free, but there will be a basket for donations. The meeting will be twice a month in the afternoon – the second and fourth Wednesday of every month – at Kolo Restaurant and Bakery on Luis Cordero #5-65 between Juan Jaramillo y Honorato Vazquez on hotel La Vieja Mansion.

Spanish and English speakers welcome, translation available.

Anybody interested in this please contact me via WhatsApp, 099 297 5788, or email to:

Frank Gonzalez: frankic85@hotmail.com 099 297 5788. Call after: 7 AM.

City: Cuenca

Raising money to buy food for starving people in Ricaute

Some of us have been helping to feed 14 of the poorest families in Ricaute. We buy the cheapest rice and beans available, in bulk, and take it to them. A few months ago we raised $400 and gave them food, but they need more. Ricaute is not a big city, so these people can’t go out on the streets and sell items or beg like in Cuenca…or not as successfully, at least.

I have included some photos of people receiving their food.

Thank you for all who helped last time, and the people want to thank you.

Please donate what you can to my paypal at LiveFoodFactor@yahoo.com. Or if you have food (nonperishable) you can give to Soledad at La Yunta restaurant while dining there.
My paypal is LiveFoodFactor@yahoo.com and I am Susan Schenck.

Susan Schenck: livefoodfactor@yahoo.com .

City: Cuenca

Help Help me help Naomi to fight leukemia

Hello everyone, I hope you are well, writes Nathaly Vivas. Some of you know me as Chef Nathaly.

Naomi lives in Venezuela.
Last year my Niece was diagnosed with leukemia and some of you helped me. That time was a very difficult time for our family as we did not know how difficult this situation was and for all that our baby only 2-years old would have to go through. Thanks to you and the help of our family Naomi started her treatment on time and now that it has been almost a year and our baby is 3-years old, we are asking for the help of anyone who can help us either with a collaboration or by sharing our campaign.

Naomi has fought this year day by day with this disease and doctors say that God and the Universe are helping us and her treatment is taking effect now we need to continue treatment but we really need the help of anyone who can collaborate

We have created a campaign Gofund.me to raise funds so that we can continue to fight with this disease. We trust in God and that all this will end one day, and that our baby will be cancer-free and ready to continue her life and continue to discover the world.

I thank you in advance for your cooperation and I know that the universe will reward you for it.

https://gofund.me/7059bcc7

I attach some photos. The first few are from the first few days of treatment and the last few are from these last days.

Nathaly Vivas: nathaly116vivas@gmail.com 098 770 7372. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Together for the dreams of our children.

Dear community,

We would love to inspire you with the encouraging story of “Rosita”, a teenager beneficiary of one of Hearts of Gold Program “All Children Deserve to Dream”.

The saddest moment of my life was losing my leg due to a serious illness. I love sports, my favorite is soccer and cycling and my favorite team is Barcelona from Spain. Months ago, Hearts of Gold started to fulfill the dreams of the children of my foundation. I wait and wait and finally the big day came.

They gave me a beautiful red bike. To be honest, I was a little scared to fall but with confidence, I keep pedaling and now I spent my afternoons on my bike with my brothers and family.

I want to say thank you to Hearts of Gold to fulfill my dream. I don’t like to cry but that day I cried of happiness; this is the first time that I experienced tears of happiness.

Thank you so much to the godfathers and godmothers who made possible my dream. I hope you continue with more and more children’s dreams, so they feel the same happiness and joy as me.

Our commitment is to continue with our dreams program. Please join this initiative, become a godfather or godmother.

Tsunki Escandon: info@heartsofgoldfoundation.org .

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/

Garry Vatcher: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Home of Hope – real solutions for real change

For the past 5 years, Hogar de Esperanza (Home of Hope) has connected Expats and those in need. We have offered a unique program providing emergency accommodation, health care, food supports, financial supports and much more. Many of you have supported our initiatives both financially and by volunteering. We have changed so many lives over these past five years.

As we enter our sixth year, we are starting one of our most exciting and life-changing programs. With our team of partners, The University of Cuenca, Universidad Catholica, Supermaxi, Institute of Azuay, our staff and more, we are providing one of the most comprehensive social programs available. With our psychologist as the lead, we will not only be training students on social issues, but we will also be offering an even broader scope of assistance that will include home visits, education sessions and training.

While Band-Aids are helpful in the short-term, we will be looking for solutions to the root causes of why people find themselves in desperate situation. If you wish to learn more about our programs, please contact us. Your financial support helps us continue these programs. You can make a donation though Giving Way at: https://www.givingway.com/donate/fundacion-hogar-de-esperanza or find other options at: https://hogaresperanza.org/en/donations/ Thank you for your support.

Garry Vatcher: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Thanks to you, many children will have diapers for months to come

This is enormous as it will keep our most vulnerable, our children, cleaner and healthier during this next surge in the pandemic. We appreciate the generosity shown over the last two weeks.

We also want to thank the business that sponsored this effort by providing space and incentives. What a wonderful business community we have. Thank you San Sebas Cafe, La Yunta, and Inca Bar, from the bottom of our hearts.

Our volunteers made it happen by manning the drop-off points. Thank you for your good cheer, you generosity with your time and your resources and all of the little things you did to make this work.

A special thank you to Pat Simmons and Lisa Harlan for spearheading this effort. They are the rock stars whose huge hearts and tireless efforts made this happen.

Finally we want to thank you, Cuenca. Below is a list of what your generosity provided:

* 1,622 diapers
* 2 tubes of diaper rash cream
* 892 wipes
* 110 sanitary napkins
* 6 toothbrushes
* $3,800.25

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts,
Des Dizney, Bill O’Brien, and Smith

Cuenca Soup Kitchen Directors: info@cuencasoupkitchen.org .

City: Cuenca

To continue painting with our feet and hands… – Fundación Núr

These kids need your unused computer or phone.

Twenty-five kids meet to paint with me every Wednesday via Zoom. Their smiles and joy are contagious! Especially when they get to use their hands and feet to paint.

Sometimes they cannot connect to the class because their siblings are attending school with the only device in the household and we lose that special opportunity to connect and make them smile.

Do you have a used phone/computer or even broken computers that we can repair, or use as spare parts? Please contact us.

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$100 club

Last month´s fundraiser for Alex and Vanesa and the Cultural Club of Cuenca met with success.
There were many folks who donated $100 or more so we wanted to especially acknowledge those folks.

Most did not want to be mentioned.

One $100 donation was in made in honor of the CCN Language School.

Keep your eye out for more fundraisers. We need $4,700 to pay for new computers and a quality sound system.

Alex and Vanesa have great talents and greater hearts as the help Cuenca grow in its rich culture. They also help young Ecuadorians develop into future performers. Thank-you Alex and Vanesa for your commitment to the arts and to people. Abrazos.

Tio Ned

City: Cuenca

Help me help Naomi to fight leukemia

Hello everyone, I hope you are well, writes Nathaly Vivas. Some of you know me as Chef Nathaly.

Last year my Niece was diagnosed with leukemia and some of you helped me. That time was a very difficult time for our family as we did not know how difficult this situation was and for all that our baby only 2-years old would have to go through. Thanks to you and the help of our family Naomi started her treatment on time and now that it has been almost a year and our baby is 3-years old, we are asking for the help of anyone who can help us either with a collaboration or by sharing our campaign.

Naomi has fought this year day by day with this disease and doctors say that God and the Universe are helping us and her treatment is taking effect now we need to continue treatment but we really need the help of anyone who can collaborate

We have created a campaign Gofund.me to raise funds so that we can continue to fight with this disease. We trust in God and that all this will end one day, and that our baby will be cancer-free and ready to continue her life and continue to discover the world.

I thank you in advance for your cooperation and I know that the universe will reward you for it.

https://gofund.me/7059bcc7

I attach some photos. The first few are from the first few days of treatment and the last few are from these last days.

Nathaly Vivas: nathaly116vivas@gmail.com 098 770 7372. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Young Cuencano Andrés Arteaga’s heart needs your help

My name it’s Adrian Mora. I am just trying to help a young Cuencano who’s having a hard moment. Any help is welcome, the phone number down below is from his wife. It’s in Facebook you can see if it’s necessary…

Andrés Arteaga’s heart needs help

Who is Andrés Arteaga? Andrés is a 29-year-old Ecuadorian-Cuenca young man, father of two girls, Ana (6 years old) and Isabel (1 year old).

Andrés is a cheerful, dreamer, enthusiastic, hard-working young man who needs your help, he recently suffered a heart attack and was diagnosed with an unspecified acute heart disease which does not allow him to work or make physical effort for 6 months, he needs absolute rest, his condition is serious and delicate.

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Impact poverty and get a free wine, beer, soft drink, or coffee

Babies need diapers and you can help. When you give a little, we want you to get a little.

On Friday and Saturday there will be freebies for you in exchange for your donation at two of our drop-off locations :

* La Yunta will give a free wine, beer or soft drink with every donation, 11 am – 6 pm, April 16 and 17
* San Sebas Cafe will give a free coffee with every donation,
10 AM – 3 PM, April 16 and 17.

Donations of diapers, wipes, and cash will be accepted at the locations below on April 16th and 17th as well as at La Yunta and San Sebas Cafe:

Inca Bar 11 AM – 6 PM
Hearts of Gold 10 AM – 3 PM

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Put your old phone or computer to good use – Fundación Núr

Fundación Núr is continuing their support efforts virtually and needs your help.

-We need study aids to equip children and adults: phones, tablets, computers. New or used, even broken computers that we can repair, or use as spare parts, as we have been doing for a year.

-The families we support have only one device, old, low capacity, and ruined by a year of intensive use. One device for four or five people. It is the only means by which their children receive education, by which the parents communicate, by which the whole family receives support. Others don’t have one and are becoming isolated and without possibilities. Children without school. Parents without education.

-We know that the pandemic is heading for a very strong resurgence in Cuenca. Fundación NÚR is already taking greater physical distancing measures to avoid being a source of contagion among the many families who come in search of help, food and clothing, but we are also strengthening the training of children and adults, psychological support, and entrepreneurship workshops. All of this will only be done remotely. And to sustain and expand it we need your support.

-To donate equipment write to coordinate delivery to:
Email: coordinacion@fundnur.org
WhatsApp: 099 695 5701

You can also collaborate for repair or purchase by depositing in:
Savings account Fundación Núr cooperativa JEP 406119384202 RUC:0190480984001
PAYPAL: help@fundnur.org
Thank you very much.

Antonio Farfán 2-17 y, Cuenca, Ecuador

Nela Navarrine: coordinacion@fundnur.org 099 695 5701. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Help Crea tu Espacio Foundation “Godmother and Godfather for a day”

As Gandhi once said: “Whatever you do in life will be insignificant but it is very important that you do it… you must be the change you want to see in the world”.

Dear Expat community, Crea tu Espacio Foundation is looking for your help. Currently, lots of children and teenagers who comes from an internal and external immigration are suffering various violations of their rights, among the most important we highlight their right for an equal education. During COVID-19 this situation became more complicated where access to technology was a limitation for children to continue with their studies.

Because of this, Crea tu Espacio Foundation launches the campaign “Godmother, Godfather for a day”, which seeks charitable people who wish to sponsor a child or adolescent in this new school year that has begun virtually. With your help we are going to be able to raise enough money and assure that our children and adolescents complete their studies, having greater opportunities to enter university that will help them to find a suitable and stable job. With your help we will be able to build a better future for our country and our world.

Help us building a better future for us and especially for them. To be part of this amazing project you can enter this link https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/godmother-and-godfather-for-a-day/ and contribute with an economic collaboration thattwill help us changing the life of these children, adolescents and their families.

For more information you can also visit our web page: https://www.fundacioncreatuespacio.org/https://youtu.be/_nrsvDvOyPk

Thanks for being part of this change.

Crea tu Espacio Foundation

Paula Ortega: movilidadhumana1@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Diaper need impacts child abuse

“A lack of clean diapers affects a baby’s well-being, leading to an increased risk of infection and sickness for babies. But the connection of diapers to many other issues that impact the health and well-being of children and families goes much further. Diaper rash or discomfort also leads to excessive crying, which is the number one cause of child abuse.

“When you hand them that diaper, you see the weight lifted and the life come back to their eyes,.. When you are so focused on the lack of need for a child, you can’t focus on applying for jobs or filling out forms.” (St David’s Foundation. “The Impact of a Diaper: Innovating to Meet Increasing Diaper Need During A Pandemic.”)

You can help these families keep their children clean and healthy during this pandemic.

The greatest sizing needs are:
* extra grande (XG – 24 – 48 months)
* grande (12 – 24 months)

In kind donations will be accepted on April 16th and 17th at these locations:

La Yunta
San Senas Cafe
Inca Bar
Hearts of Gold

Monetary donations made be made at your convenience in any of the three following ways (please mention “diaper drive” if given the option to do so):

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

PayPal: jeffrey@jlsdesigns.net

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

info@cuencasoupkitchen.org

In partnership with YOU, Cuenca Soup Kitchen Volunteers and Supporters, Hearts of Gold Foundation, Club Rotario Tomebamba, and many other individuals and organizations.

Des Dizney, Bill O’Brien, and Smith

Cuenca Soup Kitchen Directors

City: Cuenca

Virtual education and support. We need used phones and computers -Núr

All these activities are taking place virtually!

-We need study aids to equip children and adults: phones, tablets, computers. New or used, even broken computers that we can repair, or use as spare parts, as we have been doing for a year.

-The families we support have only one device, old, low capacity, and ruined by a year of intensive use. One device for four or five people. It is the only means by which their children receive education, by which the parents communicate, by which the whole family receives support. Others don’t have one and are becoming isolated and without possibilities. Children without school. Parents without education.

-We know that the pandemic is heading for a very strong resurgence in Cuenca. Fundación NÚR is already taking greater physical distancing measures to avoid being a source of contagion among the many families who come in search of help, food and clothing, but we are also strengthening the training of children and adults, psychological support, and entrepreneurship workshops. All of this will only be done remotely. And to sustain and expand it we need your support.

-To donate equipment write to coordinate delivery to:
Email: coordinacion@fundnur.org
WhatsApp: 099 695 5701

You can also collaborate for repair or purchase by depositing in:
Savings account Fundación Núr cooperativa JEP 406119384202 RUC:0190480984001
PAYPAL: help@fundnur.org
Thank you very much.

Antonio Farfán 2-17 y, Cuenca, Ecuador

Nela Navarrine: coordinacion@fundnur.org 099 695 5701. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Help me help my friend

A little while ago, I asked that anyone who was able to please provide a job for my friend in the afternoons. She lost her husband, has two school-age children, and her morning job only pays $200 – not enough to keep a roof over her head and the children fed. Please contact me if you have any jobs she could do for you.

What can she do? She doesn’t speak English but is able to use Google Translate. She can tutor, cook, clean, and do gardening or other tasks around the home or office. There is nothing like having a native speaker of Spanish assist your child with their Spanish classes. If you can’t employ her for a whole week, even an afternoon or two would help and hopefully someone else could employ her the other days.

Thank you for caring.

Emilio Morocho: emiliodriver@hotmail.com 098 699 5694 WhatsApp + 593 986 995 694. Call after: 7 AM.

City: Cuenca

Do you have an old computer/phone that you don’t need? Fundación Núr

Fundacion Nur wants to continue connecting with families in need through their educational programs for kids, psychological counsel and entrepreneurship programs.

We need old computers, used smartphones or even devices to be repaired so that we can continue in contact during the pandemic.

Do you have any of these devices that you are not using any more? If so, please contact us at fundraising@fundnur.org or call +593 97 937 8786.

Thank you

If you want to learn more about Fundacion Nur please Visit: https://www.fundnur.org/english/index.html

Antonio Farfán 2-17, Cuenca, Ecuador

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

City: Cuenca

Support a good cause while paying all your bills in one place

Do you wish that you didn’t have to bother running around to pay all your bills each month? Do you still struggle with your Spanish or in navigating the bill payment options here in Cuenca? Or perhaps you would just really rather stay home during the latest rise in COVID-19 cases? Well look no further – you can do it all and more at Hogar de Esperanza’s Expat Services Center.

One stop shop for in-person bill pay:

Come on by our Expat Services Center, our one-stop shop to conveniently pay all your bills in one place: water, electricity, phone, cable, 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.

Automatic monthly bill pay from home:

We also offer automatic bill pay, where we pay all your bills for you without you needing to worry about anything. Join our existing clients, and be rest assured that all your bills will be paid on time each month. Are you going out of town soon? Contact us to arrange for us to pay your bills (or even your rent) for you when you’re away. We send you your receipt electronically upon payment of each bill, and your account balance at the end of each month. With our professional automatic bill pay service, we’ve got your covered.

For all of your unique bill payment needs, we are here to help you. Contact us by email or phone for more information. Or just stop by to chat with us and check it out for yourself.

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

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

City: Cuenca

Impact a hidden consequence of poverty

40.7% of children in Ecuador live in extreme poverty. For these families, food is a necessity and diapers are a luxury. Babies use up to 12 diapers per day, a cost many families cannot afford. There are many impacts of diaper need including physical, mental, and economic.

We believe all babies deserve clean diapers. We know you do, too and you can make a difference.
Small things impact big things. Every diaper counts and you can make the difference.
In kind donations will be accepted on April 16th and 17th at these locations:

La Yunta
San Senas Cafe
Inca Bar
Hearts of Gold

In partnership with you, Cuenca Soup Kitchen Volunteers and Supporters, Hearts of Gold Foundation, Club Rotario Tomebamba, and many other individuals and organizations.
info@cuencasoupkitchen.org

Des Dizney, Bill O’Brien, and Smith

Cuenca Soup Kitchen Directors

Please help us by supporting this small family business – Fundación Núr

At Núr we give support and counsel to families in order to start their own businesses and become economically independent. Can you help us with their initiatives?

Please contact us at +593 97 937 8786 if you are interested in buying this lovely lady’s sweatshirts. There are many colors available.

If you want to learn more about Fundacion Núr please visit https://www.fundnur.org/english/index.html or contact fundaising@fundnur.org

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

City: Cuenca

Donation to buy urgently needed shoes

Hi,

I am posting this ad for Kevin Blain who is now in Cotacachi.

I was asked today if I could get shoes for seniors and the children of Cotacachi, and my goal is to get shoes for everybody.

With your donation of $5, I will pay $1.

Donations can be made at Tienda Nectar this week:
1-127 Sucre y Manuel Vega
M-F: 10 M – 5 PM
Sat : 8:30 – 10:30 AM

Thanks for reading…

Amber Lee: amberlee101@protonmail.com 096 899 2061. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cotacachi

Register for your Covid Vaccine at the Expat Services Center

The government of Ecuador has announced their plan for vaccinations. If you are 65+ and a resident of Ecuador, you can now register for an appointment to receive your vaccination for COVID-19. Once registered, the Ministry of Health will contact you with your appointment time once the vaccine is available.

Do you need help registering on the website? The Expat Services Center is offering to assist anyone – at no charge – who needs help registering to receive their vaccine here in Cuenca. Please send us an email (services@hogaresperanza.org) and we will get back to you with a time to come into our office to register. Many questions remain unanswered as to the actual date vaccinations will be available and what vaccinations they will be offering; however, the first step is getting registered.

The Expat Services Center is a part of Foundation Hogar de Esperanza (Home of Hope). We offer a variety of services to the Expat community out of this storefront, including bill pay, insurance, moving services, SIM card set-up, and more. All profits realized from this venture go directly back into our work at the foundation, which is to help those most vulnerable within our community. This includes providing medical support, food and accommodation to those in dire need.

We also operate Esperanza Thrift Shop, where you can purchase second-hand items and also donate anything that you no longer need to help us help others. You can visit us at Mariscal Sucre 12-84 and Juan Montalvo, where the foundation and our shops take up the entire corner.

Garry Vatcher: services@hogaresperanza.org .

City: Cuenca

Your help comes to Chunchi!

Why Chunchi? It was devastated by a massive landslide. No lives were lost but the victims’ lives were devastated. We asked for your help and you answered.

Your donations filled a truck. Yesterday morning your donations were delivered. You gave the people of Chunchi clothing, bedding, diapers, personal hygiene items, and 200 food kits.

In partnership with you, Cuenca Soup Kitchen Volunteers and Supporters, Hearts of Gold Foundation, Rosana Malo, Club Rotario Tomebamba, and many other Cuenca organizations and individuals, the victims of the Chunchi landslide received some much needed aid yesterday.

Thank you,

Des Dizney, Bill O’Brien, and Smith

Cuenca Soup Kitchen Directors: info@cuencasoupkitchen.org .

City: Cuenca

Register for your Covid Vaccine at the Expat Services Center

The government of Ecuador has announced their plan for vaccinations. If you are 65+ and a resident of Ecuador, you can now register for an appointment to receive your vaccination for COVID-19. Once registered, the Ministry of Health will contact you with your appointment time once the vaccine is available.

Do you need help registering on the website? The Expat Services Center is offering to assist anyone – at no charge – who needs help registering to receive their vaccine here in Cuenca. Please send us an email (services@hogaresperanza.org) if you would like our assistance and we will get back to you with a time to come into our office to register. Monday, March 15, was announced by the government as the first day to register, but there were technical difficulties experienced with the website. However, we will contact you as soon as it is up and running.

The Expat Services Center is a part of Foundation Hogar de Esperanza (Home of Hope). We offer a variety of services to the Expat community out of this storefront, including bill pay, insurance, moving services, SIM card set-up, and more. All profits realized from this venture go directly back into our work at the foundation, which is to help those most vulnerable within our community. This includes providing medical support, food and accommodation to those in dire need. We also operate Esperanza Thrift Shop, where you can purchase second-hand items and also donate anything that you no longer need to help us help others. You can visit us at Mariscal Sucre 12-84 and Juan Montalvo, where the foundation and our shops take up the entire corner.

Garry Vatcher: services@hogaresperanza.org .

City: Cuenca

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

It has now been one year 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.

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

Fingerprinting for California background check

I failed to bring with me the state background check. Does anyone know where can I go to get fingerprinted and get notarized to send it back to California for Apostile? Thanks for your help,

Dodd sheikh: WhatsApp +593 98 730 7206.

City: Cuenca

New Loco Living (YouTube): How to Survive in El Cajas

The latest instalment of Loco Living showcases El Cajas in a never-before-seen way! Check out the latest video for some insightful information and a few laughs.

Please subscribe if you like the content!

Josh Yentin

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Donation for bazaar to benefit street rescue animals

Donations for bazaar to benefit Cuenca Animal Rescue.
The solidarity bazaar for the benefit of Rescate Animal Cuenca.

Dear friends, we are preparing a very special solidarity bazaar and we need everyone’s help with anything in good condition that you can donate. Call us at 098 384 1691

The Solidarity Bazaar will be on March 20.

We are looking for any donations to us. They will be very helpful and appreciated. Old clothes, shoes or any item you can give to us will be great. Your help will be great. Sales in the bazaar will help pay the bills of the hospital and help pay for all the animals rescued from the street so please donate anything you can.

if you wanted to donate money to this benefit please use this account:
cta ahorros Banco Pichincha #2205754228
Carmita Avila P.
Cedula# 0102002144
carmin-15@hotmail.com
cell 099 945 4653
or contact me: monicagonzaga.facilitator@gmail.com (English speaker)

I’m a proud member of Rescate Animal Cuenca.
Follow us in facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/RescateAnimalCuenca/
You can contact Carmita Avila Paredes the coordinator.
March 20, 2021, Benedicto XV, Cuenca.

Feb. to March 18, from 10 AM to 3 PM, Benedicto Xv, Cuenca.

Monica Gonzaga: monicagonzaga.facilitator@gmail.com

City: Cuenca

Hoping to raise funds for starving Ecuadorians in Ricaute

I know some people in Ricaute I regularly give money to so they can eat, as there is massive unemployment there and they cannot find work in Cuenca. But there are many other families I cannot afford to feed. Some have committed suicide, which breaks my heart. I will later do a Go Fund Me, but first would like to see if you would prefer to donate by paypal, as they don’t take any money out.

My paypal account is livefoodfactor@yahoo.com

Please mark “RICAUTE on the note, or FOOD FOR STARVING PEOPLE

Thank you!

Susan Schenck

City: Cuenca

Sky is waiting for her turn

Last month Sky’s friend Leah found her forever home after a three year wait. Sky is hoping her forever family or person doesn’t make her wait that long.

Young adult, spayed, vetted, great with kids and adults, but it takes a while for her to get comfortable with other dogs.

If you have room in your heart for a big, steady girl, please come visit. Sky is waiting patiently. Please don’t make her wait too long.

For adoption to responsible home. Great with cats, kids, people. Takes a while to get comfortable with new dogs. Vetted and spayed. Please be in touch soon.

Doreen Dvorin
kamikazecreative@gmail.com
WhatsApp 099 075 8544

City: Cuenca

Friends for learning English

Hello, My name is Denny and I study sociology at the University of Cuenca. I require a friend between 30 and 40 years of age to practice English through conversations via WhatsApp call; 30 minutes in English and 30 in Spanish for mutual learning, 3 times a week.

Denny

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

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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

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

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

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