Food donation needed

Hello Dear Expats. We are looking for good people who can help donning dog food, medicine, vaccines or some money for a bunch of dogs, rescued in very bad condition or runaways in Cuenca city.

We have a few old dogs in need of medicine. They used to be here in Cuenca, but now they are in the biggest property in Paute to make their lives better and free.

You can go to visit the dogs anytime you want. Can stay the weekend helping take care them or just relaxing. We have a little house for guests in the property.

This weekend we had a Melinda helping with the dogs to Irlanda.

Any donation will make the difference to keep rescuing and feeding those little souls.

Lupe Moscoso: lulu_ms1978@yahoo.com 098 311 1659. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

The end is near!

On Wednesday, Sept 22, the huge garage sale sponsored by Esperanza Thrift Shop and Expat Services Center will come to an end. We are open from 10 AM to 4 PM and located at Juan Montalvo 8-18 and Mariscal Sucre.

We thank you for your support of Hogar de Esperanza (home of Hope) and look forward to seeing you. If you have donations of items you no longer need, you can either drop them off or contact us to arrange a pickup.

Jeenner Angulo: services@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Call for a general meeting for Keep Cuenca Beautiful (KCB)

Tagged Graffiti Removal Program.
Well, finally we are back in action!
The City of Cuenca has approved our proposal for city residents, with the full permission and support of the municipality, continuing covering of the unsightly tagged graffiti we are seeing throughout Cuenca. We need you. Not only do we need volunteers to assist in the giant task of removing the tagged graffiti throughout the city but we also need people with a financial background, at least one bilingual administrator and two interpreters.

If you can help in any of these three areas contact us immediately. We have set an open meeting to explain the plan, answer questions and sign-up volunteers. Join us at this hour and a half long meeting which will start at 2 PM on Thursday, September 23th, in the second floor meeting room of the Cuenca Museo Central (Former Escuela central) which is located at the corner of Benigno Malo and Gran Colombia.

For additional information contact JT NEIRA: Emails: jubefi@hotmail.comor WhatsApp: 098 662 8710. We also would like El Mercurio to cover the meeting. If anyone could help us there your assistance would be much appreciated.

JT Neira: jubefi@hotmail.com 098 662 8710. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Real Stories from the Hogar – Getting back into the swing of things

Now that August is behind us — everyone seemed to be on vacation — things are ramping up at the Hogar. Anka, our volunteer doctor, is back and the university students will be back in the next few weeks. This year we will have 12 students and we will provide a wider range of services to those in need here at Hogar de Esperanza (Home of Hope).

This past week was incredibly busy with providing food supports for over 300 people. Every person is vetted and interviewed by our Social Worker. With the hospitals reopening, we are also seeing an increase in patients coming from the Amazon and other regions outside Cuenca with us scheduling appointments and providing medications.

One case particularly emotional this week was of a Venezuelan woman from near Machala. She was rushed to the public hospital and had to undergo an emergency caesarian. Her baby was born three months premature. She and her older son have been able to stay with us, receive supports and we have been able to work with the hospital to make sure that this baby, although in critical condition, receives all the support it needs. Thankfully, the baby is doing better.

To support our work, you can do so at: https://www.givingway.com/donate/fundacion-hogar-de-esperanza. For other donation options, including tax receipt or bank transfer, you can do so at: https://hogaresperanza.org/en/donations/ Thank you for your continued support.

Garry Vatcher: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Volunteer opportunity – online English pronunciation class, one hour/week

The University of Cuenca’s TOEFL review course (Test of English as a Foreign Language) will be starting again in another week. In the past we have had a gringo volunteer who did a one-hour session each week with the students.

You can lead the discussion from your home; all you need is a desktop or laptop computer with an internet connection, camera and audio (most laptops have a camera and microphone built in).

There are anywhere from 5-12 participants in each session. There are more TOEFL students in each class than that, but the pronunciation session is optional, so generally there are 4-7 people in a session. Many are adult learners, all are university students or graduates. Connecting to Zoom is free.

The session involves developing a topic for discussion before the class (generally held on Fridays, online via Zoom, either late afternoon or early evening). Items from the news are always interesting. The previous volunteer (who is going to be traveling during the month of October) has previously used topics that can be re-used as well, or modified. Topics have included health care in Ecuador vs. in the U.S., the Ecuadorian presidential elections, the U.S. criminal justice system vs. Ecuador’s system, the “Big Money” pyramid scheme here in Ecuador, fuel subsidies, Jeffrey Epstein and IESS’s funding problems (pensions and health care).

If you’d be interested in filling in for the regular volunteer for the month of October, please contact,

Elisabeth Rodas: elisabeth.rodas@ucuenca.edu.ec .

City: Cuenca

The Cuenca Soup Kitchen is eligible for a 50% match on donations

Donations (up to $50) will earn the match so let’s consider what that really means!

Your $50 provides food kits to TWO families for a month

and the 50% match provides food kits to ONE family for a month

This means that your generosity provides food kits to THREE families for a month

This match expires today, September 17, 2021, at 11:59:59 PM EDT

Please consider becoming a monthly donor by choosing the red donate button on our website and choosing the monthly donor tab.

http://www.cuencasoupkitchen.org

The offer for the match expires today but our kits feed the hungry every day.

Thank you for helping so many people in our community.

Des Dizney, Bill O’Brien, and Smith

Cuenca Soup Kitchen Directors

City: Cuenca

And it continues…

Our garage sale has been extremely popular, so we are continuing it all this week. So far, we have been able to raise over $2,000 to support the work of Hogar de Esperanza (Home of Hope). We encourage you to drop in from 10 AM to 4 PM and visit our Garage Sale, Esperanza Thrift Shop or our Expat Services Center. Ask to speak with me and I can give you a tour of the foundation facilities.

Turn things you do not need into support for those facing critical illness or living in poverty. If you have items you wish to donate, we would be more than happy to pick them up. Either email or phone us. Thank you for your support.

Garry Vatcher: services@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

New MINGA by the group “Keep Cuenca Beautiful”

Next Saturday, September 18th, in coordination with the Municipality, we will have another MINGA in the campaign to keep Cuenca free of tagging. All new volunteers are welcome. We are a volunteer organization made up of Cuencanos and expats, all working towards the same goal: to Keep Cuenca Beautiful! Please do not forget to bring your paint supplies: bucket, rag, brush, spatula and roller.

JT Neira: jubefi@hotmail.com 098 662 8710. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Real stories from the Hogar – All Alone

Some of our most complicated cases come from Taisha and surrounding area, deep in the Amazon. Many of them do not speak much Spanish, their native language is Quechua, nor have they been outside their communities. So, when a baby is sick and must be rushed to Cuenca, things could get quite scary and uncomfortable for the parents. We have established connections with community representatives in many of these communities.

We received a call from The Cantonal Board of Macas that a 15-year-old mother was at the hospital with her 4-month-old son, who was in serious condition with pneumonia. Although, they had given her instructions to come to the Foundation, no one had heard from her for days. Oscar, our patient coordinator, found her sleeping on a hospital chair, scared, being alone in an unknown city.

Young, underage mother’s is one of our targeted priorities and we provide a safe place for them, counselling and support. You can support young mothers by donating at: https://www.givingway.com/donate/fundacion-hogar-de-esperanza or for other options, including a tax receipt or bank transfer: https://hogaresperanza.org/en/donations/ Thank you for your support.

Garry Vatcher: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Wes the Mentalist, success in Vilcabamba

Total donations for various charities over the last 6 weeks now stands at $1700.
The wild and crazy, quirky, friendly, generous patrons at Carro Azul donated $580 to New Life and other charities.

The founder of Cuenca Soup Kitchen was my host. Bob Higgins continues to touch the lives of the needy and the well-to-do.

I highly recommend the best chicken I’ve ever tasted anywhere, even better than my Grandma’s. And that’s saying something.

When in Vilcabamba, enjoy the cuisine and hospitality at Nancy’s Blue Car.
I was raised in WV, the Mountain State. The twisty, curvy, bumpy…fallas geológicas…brought back pre-interstate highway days of my youth.

John Denver could just as easily have been singing about the Valley of Longevity.
Almost Heaven!

Wes Elliott: Thementalistwes@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

English-speaking volunteers are needed

Ready to get out of the house and get involved? PRIMOK “Programa Inclusivo Multicultural Originario Kañari” in Canar, is looking for volunteers to assist educators in teaching English to children ages 6 – 17. Volunteers will be needed every Saturday morning for three months.

Transportation, Friday night lodging, and all meals will be provided. No experience is needed. Staff is vaccinated and students are required to wear masks. Take advantage of this rewarding opportunity and help us help our children have a brighter future.
More Info: Antonio Araujo Flores
Email: primokec@gmail.com phone: +593 98 753 0482

Yenis Bejas: .

City: Cuenca

Seeking grief counseling group

Does anyone know of a grief counseling group that is in English. My friend just lost both her mother and father and would benefit from grief counseling. Thank you in advance for any lead you might be able to give me.

Hazel Hinebaugh

Foundation Hogar de Esperanza – take a free tour

We want to show you a little more of what we do as we continue day three of our huge Garage Sale. From 10 AM to 2 PM we will be providing free coffee and cookies. Most who visit us are surprised to find out about how much actually goes on here. Aside from our facilities, we would like to show you our Expat Services Center. Through our Center you can pay your bills, arrange for automatic payments, insurance other services. Drop in and talk with us about ways we can make things more efficient and easier for you while supporting our work.

We are located at the corner of Juan Montalvo 8-18 and Mariscal Sucre. If you have items you wish to donate, you can either drop them off to us or contact us for a pickup. Thank you for your support.

Garry Vatcher: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

KCB’s Minga was a great success

This is a public Thank You note from the Mayor and the Municipality of Cuenca to all volunteers who enthusiastically came forward to participate at the Minga called for last Saturday.

Two future events came out:

1st. the next Minga will be on Saturday, September 11th and we will meet at Colegio Febres Cordero (Calles Hermano Miguel y Gran Colombia) at 9 AM.

2nd, On Saturday, September 28th. we will be helping to paint an old school located 1 1/2 hrs, from Cuenca and about 30 years back in time. (Transportation and meals will be provided). This is a request from a very poor community which looks up to us for help. If interested, please let us know by contacting JT Neira (098 662 8710).

Looking forward to your continuing support to the cause of “Keeping Cuenca Beautiful!”

JT Neira: jubefi@hotmail.com 098 662 8710. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Esperanza Thrift Shop – books and more

We are continuing with day two of our huge Garage Sale at Foundation Hogar de Esperanza (Home of Hope). We have a huge selection of English books and original DVDs in English – all for $1 each. Drop in and visit us at Juan Montalvo 8-18 and Mariscal Sucre.

If you have items you wish to donate, you can either drop them off to us or contact us for a pickup. Thank you for your support.

Garry Vatcher: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Urgent: Donald Porter, hospitalized

Donald Porter is in Hospital Monte Sinai, and in need of assitance. Currently he’s unable to communicate with staff at the hospital. If you are fiends with, or know of Donald’s family, could you please get in touch with Colleen Eschenburg (email included in the post contact info).

Many thanks for your help. – Colleen

Colleen: colleen.eschenburg@gmail.com 099 539 5295. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Looking for friends or family of Donald Porter

Following a surgery at Mont Sinai, Donald Porter, and expat in Cuenca Ecuador, suffered a stroke. The hospital is searching for friends or family. Please contact Cuenca Soup Kitchen at info@cuencasoupkitchen.org or Hearts of Gold at morellana@heartsofgoldfoundation.org if you have any information.

Des Dizney

City: Cuenca

Real stories from the Hogar – When there is gold in those hills

They had a beautiful property in the Colombian hills. Enough income to provide for them and their four children. But then the guerillas moved in. There was gold in those hills, and everyone was forced to leave. Families like this one tried to fight back but had no support from the local authorities. Under threat of death and intimidation, they escaped to Ecuador. Not wanting to put their children through the stress of escape, they left them with family members until they could get established in Ecuador. With the economic situation in Ecuador difficult, they found themselves being homeless and living on the streets, sleeping on carboard boxes.

Their case was brought to us by the Municipality, and we were asked to assist. This is the distinctive approach of the Hogar. We do not give away things, we work with various agencies to find solutions to those facing emergency situations and provide exactly what they need. Our Social Worker will partner with them until their situation is resolved. In this case, we have found them work and we will provide them with accommodation and food until they have a stable situation, which we expect will be a few weeks.

If you wish the opportunity to assist families like this you can participate by contributing to our emergency appeal. https://mailchi.mp/0a99b5fd652f/urgent-appeal or at:https://www.givingway.com/donate/fundacion-hogar-de-esperanza. All this week we will be having a huge Garage Sale and Open House. You can visit us at Juan Montalvo 8-18 and Mariscal Sucre, email or call us. If you would like to participate by contributing items for our sale, please contact us. Thank you for your support and helping families in emergency situations.

Garry Vatcher: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Thank you for making the great giveaway possible

The Cuenca Soup Kitchen’s move gave us the opportunity to get organized and to clean house.

We regularly provide food kits to our 700+ beneficiaries. They contain rice, beans, and other dry goods as well as fresh vegetables and eggs.

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KCB volunteers are in full swing

It is nice to report that, despite the short notice, The response to the invitation to join the great MINGA for the graffiti cleaning of Cuenca on Saturday, has been fantastic! Our big thanks to all those who confirmed their presence and a call to everyone else who wants to volunteer.

Remember to put on your working attire and bring your own bucket, brush. paint roller, spatula, a rag and all the enthusiasm to show our love for the city we have adopted.

Will meet you on Saturday, at 9 AM at Plaza San Francisco.

See you then.

JT Neira: jubefi@hotmail.com 098 662 8710. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Big garage sale at Esperanza thrift shop

Here at Hogar de Esperanza, your donations of items help us to help those in vulnerable situations. We give them away to those in need, and any extra items are sold in Esperanza Thrift Shop where all proceeds go back into our work. Together, we can bring hope to those who are in need.

Esperanza thrift shop will be the host of the biggest garage sale of 2021. Starting on Monday, Sep. 6, from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Treasure hunters alert! We will have clothes, shoes, appliances, household items, books and more.

Come and visit us. We will have a surprise for all our clients.

You only need to follow us at @Esperanza Thrift Shop (facebook) and @esperanza_thirft_shop (Instagram) and you are participating.

All your purchases will contribute directly to people in need who are part of Hogar de Esperanza. You will be able to know our facilities and more about the work we do every day.

Diego: services@hogaresperanza.org .

City: Cuenca

Have lunch on us

Here at Hogar de Esperanza we are opening new volunteer opportunities in our Thrift Shop.

We have time slots available for as little as 1 hour and up to 4 hours – any amount of time that you would like to give is very welcome.

You would be helping our store attendant, Mateo, with several tasks in keeping our Thrift Shop organized and appealing to customers. It is also an opportunity to practice your Spanish! And if your shift is around the lunch hour, then your lunch is always on us. Our Thrift Shop is a growing business thanks to the support from the expat community.

Volunteer hours are from Noon – 4 PM, Monday to Friday here at Hogar de Esperanza. We are located at Juan Montalvo 8-18 and Mariscal Sucre here in Cuenca.

If you are interested, feel free to send us an email. We are grateful for your help.

Jeenner Angulo: volunteer@hogaresperanza.org .

City: Cuenca

All volunteers invited to the great “MINGA” to clean Cuenca

The time has arrived! On Saturday, September 4th. at 9 AM on “San Francisco Plaza” the campaign to beautify Cuenca, will be launched. All volunteers are invited to wear their working clothes and bring a bucket, a brush, a roller, a spatula, a rag and lots of good will and enthusiasm.

Remember: Saturday, September 4th, 9 AM, Plaza San Francisco

See you there.

JT Neira: jubefi@hotmail.com 098 662 8710. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Wes the Mentalist, charity events in August

Thanks to all who contributed to Hogar de Esperanza and Help Me to Help. The three events raised over $1000.
Mighty oaks…
Looking forward to future gigs as I begin to reload the calendar. Events that will be enhanced by appropriate sound amplification.

Wes Elliott: thementalistwes@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Mujeres Con Exito needs $2400 more for back to school, will you help?

We are over two thirds of the way to our goal of $9500, $7100 raised and only $2400 to go. Will you help us get our kids back to school?

Our dilemma: 22 shelter children living at Casa Mara Amor + 78 shelter children living outside the shelter x $95 = $9,500. This is the amount needed to provide our children with shoes, uniforms, underwear, backpacks and supplies. (Please note: thanks to our mailing list generosity and you wonderful people on GringoPost and Facebook, we have raised $6405 of this goal since last August 13th)

How you can help: We are looking for more $95 sponsors to help our kids return to school. If you can afford more, that would be great too.

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Are you aged 65+ and taking advantage of all your discounts?

And here’s yet another reason why life just keeps getting better with age: Did you know that if you are 65+ years old, you are entitled to discounts on a variety of services here in Ecuador? These include your cell phone plans, internet, water and electric bills, and your bus and Tranvia fares.

The Expat Services Center is here to help you access these discounts to which you are entitled. We do the legwork on researching what documentation is needed, help you fill out any necessary paperwork, and go with you to the service provider to complete the process. Contact us to find out more and to make an appointment. And please note that, while we do not have a set fee for providing this assistance, we greatly appreciate your donation. All donations go back into our work here at the foundation helping people in need.

The Expat Services Center is located at Mariscal Sucre 12-84 and Juan Montalvo and is a part of Foundation Hogar de Esperanza. For all of your unique expat needs, we are here to help. Our hours of operation are: Monday – Friday from 9 AM – 5:30 PM, and Saturday from 9 AM – 1:30 PM. Thank you for your support.

Jeenner Angulo: services@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Mujeres Con Exito needs $3095 more for back to school, will you help?

We are over half of the way to our goal, $6305 raised and only $3095 to go. Will you help us get our kids back to school?

Our dilemma: 22 shelter children living at Casa Mara Amor + 78 shelter children living outside the shelter x $95 = $9,500. This is the amount needed to provide our children with shoes, uniforms, underwear, backpacks and supplies. (Please note: thanks to our mailing list generosity and you wonderful people on GringoPost and Facebook, we have raised $6405 of this goal since last August 13th)

How you can help: We are looking for more $95 sponsors to help our kids return to school. If you can afford more, that would be great too.

If you are unable to contribute the entire amount at this time, we are also offering $20 partial sponsorships.

Scholarship payments can be made through PayPal or dropped off at Mujeres Con Exito.

To use our PayPal account— go to PayPal, insert email address: mcbsusan at outlook dot com and deposit the amount of your donation.

Or, if you prefer to make a donation in cash, please bring it to Mujeres Con Exito. Call before you go to the facility to make sure someone is available. We can also provide our bank information for a direct deposit if you prefer that method.

We are also offering a 50/50 drawing. Tickets are $1 each and the winner will receive 50% of the collected raffle money. The winning ticket will be drawn on August 31st, however you do not need to be present to win.
Tickets are available from these fine businesses:

Cuenca Consignments, T, TH, F 11 AM – 5 PM
Isbela 4-75 y 12 de Abril (near the Coliseo)

Cuenca Salmon Tues-Sat 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Mariscal Lamar 22-40 y Luis Pauta (across from the transvia station)

In the event the children are prohibited from returning to school due to Covid restrictions, the children will be taught by our in-house teachers and monies for uniforms will be set aside for their eventual return to in-person school.

Thank you for helping us help them.

Dianita Vazquez Bravo: 098 474 7919. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Friday’s Rescate Animales Cuenca Raffle, live on FB

For those of you who purchased raffle tickets to support Rescate, the live raffle will be Friday at 9 AM accessed by a link or post on their FB page.

I am told one must “like” their page to make available the link.

Never fear, I will be at the raffle, along with Monica, to record and pick up all prizes.

I will be at Parque Iberia (Don Bosco) for pickup on Sunday, from 11 AM – 1 PM. I will contact all winners so you can come pick up your prizes. If you need them delivered to you, I can schedule a delivery, but you will have to pay for it.

Here’s hoping we all win!

Kimberly Curls: curlskim@hotmail.com .

City: Cuenca

New therapies at the Hogar

Hogar de Esperanza (Home of Hope) is always innovating new projects that benefit our patients. The Riding Therapies Project of the National Police have approved our beneficiaries to participate in this valuable program. EMOV has also provided a bus for the transfer of users. All this has been achieved through steps taken by our Social Worker, Johanna Yanza. This project is offered to the foundation at no cost to us.

Equine therapy is considered a comprehensive therapy as it provides cognitive, physical, emotional, social and occupational development. Therefore, these therapies are beneficial to improve the quality of life of people with multiple disabilities, which is why the Foundation has seen the need to implement this type of Project.

Your support of our work helps us to continue offering diverse programs like this one. Our staff and volunteers work tirelessly to ensure that those living in situations of vulnerability receive the support that they need, but the needs are always greater than the financial resources available. To support our work, you can do so at: https://www.givingway.com/donate/fundacion-hogar-de-esperanza or for other donation options, including tax-receipts for bank transfers: https://hogaresperanza.org/en/donations/

Garry Vatcher: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Mujeres Con Exito needs $3195 more for back to school, will you help?

We are over half of the way to our goal, $6305 raised and only $3195 to go. Will you help us get our kids back to school?

Our dilemma: 22 shelter children living at Casa Mara Amor + 78 shelter children living outside the shelter x $95 = $9,500. This is the amount needed to provide our children with shoes, uniforms, underwear, backpacks and supplies. (Please note: thanks to our mailing list generosity and you wonderful people on GringoPost and Facebook, we have raised $6305 of this goal since last August 13th)

How you can help: We are looking for more $95 sponsors to help our kids return to school. If you can afford more, that would be great too.

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Celebrating children’s birthdays is one of our special projects

Take a look at these special birthday moments (click the link below)

August festivities were funded and organized by these birthday magic-makers:

Kay Hartjes Brickey, Vicki Spitzack, Marcia Lay, Nancy Galloway, Ruth Bennett, Manya Arond-Thomas, Frank Mason, and Barbara Hedrick Curry. Thank you.

For more information contact:
info@cuencasoupkitchen.org
Cuencasoupkitchen.org

Des Dizney, Bill O’Brien, and Smith

Cuenca Soup Kitchen Directors: .

City: Cuenca

Real Stories from the Hogar – when no one else can help

He came to live with us 9 months ago, brought to us by MIES. His situation was grave. He had no family, that he knew and lived on the streets since he was a little child. Drug addictions, severe mental health issues, abuse, you name it… he has suffered it. He never had any identity card so he had difficulty accessing services. Several attempts were made by various agencies, but all ended in failure. It has been a long haul with Kevin, but he is now drug-free but still suffers from severe, not properly diagnosed, mental illness. We have been working with the city, doctors, and other agencies to find a long-term solution for him. Working with the Civil Registry, he got his first identity card.

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Mujeres Con Exito needs $3315 more for back to school, will you help?

We are over half of the way to our goal, $6185 raised and only $3315 to go. Will you help us get our kids back to school?

Our dilemma: 22 shelter children living at Casa Mara Amor + 78 shelter children living outside the shelter x $95 = $9,500. This is the amount needed to provide our children with shoes, uniforms, underwear, backpacks and supplies. (Please note: thanks to our mailing list generosity and you wonderful people on GringoPost and Facebook, we have raised $5800 of this goal since last August 13th)

How you can help: We are looking for more $95 sponsors to help our kids return to school. If you can afford more, that would be great too.

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Great news for all KCB members and volunteers

It is with great pleasure to inform that the Municipality has approved the re-start of the activities of the group “Keep Cuenca Beautiful” including the support and coordination of different departments.

This event will be launched on Saturday, September the 4th, at Plaza San Francisco, around 9-10 AM. (The time will be announced soon.)

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Mujeres Con Exito needs $3700 more for back to school, will you help?

We are over half of the way to our goal. Fifty-eight hundred raised and only $3700 to go. Will you help us get our kids back to school?

Our dilemma: 22 shelter children living at Casa Mara Amor + 78 shelter children living outside the shelter x $95 = $9,500. This is the amount needed to provide our children with shoes, uniforms, underwear, backpacks and supplies. (Please note: thanks to our mailing list generosity and you wonderful people on GringoPost and Facebook, we have raised $5800 of this goal since last August 13th)

How you can help: We are looking for more $95 sponsors to help our kids return to school. If you can afford more, that would be great too.

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Help me to help and Wes The Mentalist

Charity dinner. Reservations and menu choices required.
Layuntatiendaycocina@gmail.com

August 27… 6 PM seating; 6:30 show, $20 per person, La Yunta (Primero de Mayo near Las America’s), Cuenca.

Wes Elliott: thementalistwes@gmaill.com

Mujeres Con Exito needs $3700 more for back to school, will you help?

We are over half of the way to our goal. Fifty-eight hundred raised and only $3700 to go. Will you help us get our kids back to school?

Our dilemma: 22 shelter children living at Casa Mara Amor + 78 shelter children living outside the shelter x $95 = $9,500. This is the amount needed to provide our children with shoes, uniforms, underwear, backpacks and supplies. (Please note: thanks to our mailing list generosity and you wonderful people on GringoPost and Facebook, we have raised $5800 of this goal since last August 13th)

How you can help: We are looking for more $95 sponsors to help our kids return to school. If you can afford more, that would be great too.

If you are unable to contribute the entire amount at this time, we are also offering $20 partial sponsorships.

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Giving new purpose to items you no longer need

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

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

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

Garry Vatcher: services@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Willing to help Haitians who have endured 2 devastating earthquakes?

If you are, there is a non-profit group in Santa Barbara, CA, who bring or send solar powered lights to those who have no electricity. With the impending hurricane bearing down on them can you take a look at this non-profit who distribute these amazing small solar lamps designed by a class at the UC Santa Barbara CA years ago. My wife and I have personally brought them here in our luggage and had them shipped here to Ecuador. Our friend Elizabeth Bekes an English Teacher from Belgium distributed them to pupils in the Amazon Jungle where she taught. A Family member who introduced me to the lights has distributed them to countries in Africa and Europe when on assignment there. Please look at their website of FB page for the non-profit, Unite to Light.

I still have my first light which I have had for many years and it still works! If you would like more info you can email me. This is a small investment, $10 for someone’s security and well being when there is no light or electricity available.

Richard L Crook: ahipychipy57@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Mujeres Con Exito needs $3800 to reach our goal. Will you help?

We are over half of the way to our goal. Fifty-seven hundred raised and only $3800 to go. Will you help us get our kids back to school?

Our dilemma: 22 shelter children living at Casa Mara Amor + 78 shelter children living outside the shelter x $95 = $9,500. This is the amount needed to provide our children with shoes, uniforms, underwear, backpacks and supplies. (Please note: thanks to our mailing list generosity and you wonderful people on GringoPost and Facebook, we have raised $5700 of this goal since last August 13th)

How you can help: We are looking for more $95 sponsors to help our kids return to school. If you can afford more, that would be great too.

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Real Stories from the Hogar, knowing the facts

Many stories are told. However, the real story behind any charity is what inspires them to do what they do. We were thankful for the opportunity last week to share the story behind Hogar de Esperanza with Scott Cushing of Covering Creative Cuenca. You will discover much about us that you probably never knew as Scott and I discuss the past, present and future. We encourage you to listen to the podcast to find out more about Hogar and what inspires us. https://tinyurl.com/hcn48pav

To support our work, you can do so at: https://www.givingway.com/donate/fundacion-hogar-de-esperanza For more donation options, including making a tax-deductible donation or bank transfer: https://hogaresperanza.org/en/donations/

Garry Vatcher: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Mujeres Con Exito is over halfway to our back-to-school goal

We are over half of the way to our goal. Five thousand raised and only $4,000 to go. Can you help us?

Our dilemma: 22 shelter children living at Casa Mara Amor + 78 shelter children living outside the shelter x $95 = $9,500. This is the amount needed to provide our children with shoes, uniforms, underwear, backpacks and supplies. (Please note: thanks to our mailing list generosity and you wonderful people on GringoPost and Facebook, we have raised $5500 of this goal since last August 13th)

How you can help: We are looking for more $95 sponsors to help our kids return to school. If you can afford more, that would be great too.

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Mujeres Con Exito is over halfway to our back-to-school goal

We are over half of the way to our goal. Five thousand raised and only $4,500 to go. Can you help us?

Our dilemma: 22 shelter children living at Casa Mara Amor + 78 shelter children living outside the shelter x $95 = $9,500. This is the amount needed to provide our children with shoes, uniforms, underwear, backpacks and supplies. (Please note: thanks to our mailing list generosity and you wonderful people on GringoPost and Facebook, we have raised $4700 of this goal since last Friday)

How you can help: We are looking for more $95 sponsors to help our kids return to school. If you can afford more, that would be great too.

If you are unable to contribute the entire amount at this time, we are also offering $20 partial sponsorships.

Scholarship payments can be made through PayPal or dropped off at Mujeres Con Exito.

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Photography Camp in Esmeraldas Province

My Name is Pedro José Benenaula, also known as “The Blueberry Guy” and I’m going to the Afro-Ecuadorian communities in Esmeraldas Province, and I need cameras. I’m going with a small team of people to teach photography to teens and share Jesus with villages in the Amazon.

If you happen to have an old smartphone with a camera (unlocked phones are best) or an old point and shoot camera you don’t need anymore, I can put them to good use. I would need them by August 28th.

Conctact me if you want to know more about our project:
+593 98 414 7044
Thanks all, and prayers appreciated.

Pedro Benenaula

City: Cuenca

Real stories from the Hogar – a child holds on tight

His arm was so tiny. He wrapped it around my arm. Holding on tight. He would draw his face muscles tight, like he wanted to cry but there were no tears. We sat together and watched Peppa Pig. His mother was gone with the police and our team from the foundation to get her things out of her apartment.

The police said it was one of the worst living conditions they witnessed. She had been looking for help for some time until someone told her that we were the place to come to. At only one and half, this little boy carried the pain of watching his mother, him and his two-month-old brother suffer horrific abuse. But now they are safe. None of them have documents, so we will help her get them. Working with the police, we will also file protective orders for her and work with other foundations to get her stabilized and in safe living conditions.

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Mujeres Con Exito is almost half-way to our back-to-school goal

We are almost half of the way to our goal. Only $5,500 to go. Can you help us?

Our dilemma: 22 shelter children living at Casa Mara Amor + 78 shelter children living outside the shelter x $95 = $9,500. This is the amount needed to provide our children with shoes, uniforms, underwear, backpacks and supplies. (Please note: thanks to our mailing list generosity and you wonderful people on GringoPost and Facebook, we have raised $4000 of this goal since last Friday)

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Thank you to Helping Kids in Ecuador

We all know about HKIE’s amazing work bringing medical help to the children of this company but HKIE also helps the children of this country in other ways.

This week’s generous gift to the Cuenca Soup Kitchen supports the health and well-being of our community at a most essential level: FOOD!

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Mujeres Con Exito, back to school fundraising needs

It is time for our mothers to start worrying about sending their kids back to school.

Our dilemma: 22 shelter children living at Casa Mara Amor + 78 shelter children living outside the shelter x $95 = $9,500. This is the amount needed to provide our children with shoes, uniforms, underwear, backpacks and supplies. (Please note: thanks to our mailing list generosity and you wonderful people on GringoPost, we have raised $2000 of this goal since last Friday)

How you can help: We are looking for more $95 sponsors to help our kids return to school. If you can afford more, that would be great too.

If you are unable to contribute the entire amount at this time, we are also offering $20 partial sponsorships.

Scholarship payments can be made through PayPal or dropped off at Mujeres Con Exito.

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Mujeres Con Exito, back to school fundraising needs

It is time for our mothers to start worrying about sending their kids back to school.

Our dilemma: 22 shelter children living at Casa Mara Amor + 78 shelter children living outside the shelter x $95 = $9,500. This is the amount needed to provide our children with shoes, uniforms, underwear, backpacks and supplies. (Please note: thanks to our mailing list generosity, we have raised $1000 of this goal since last Friday)

How you can help: We are looking for one hundred $95 sponsors to help our kids return to school. If you can afford more, that would be great too.

If you are unable to contribute the entire amount at this time, we are also offering $20 partial sponsorships.

Scholarship payments can be made through PayPal or dropped off at Mujeres Con Exito.

To use our PayPal account— go to PayPal, insert email address mcbsusan at outlook dot com and deposit the amount of your donation.

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Only 5 spaces left, deadline this Wednesday

Are you ready for a quite different kind of “weather?”…and to get to know the beautiful, charming, and hardworking people of Naranjal?

Hogar de Esperanza would like to invite you to join us in a Cultural trip to Naranjal.

Early June, Sandro received a phone call from a foundation in Naranjal, doing great work for people with Cerebral Palsy. They invited us over to see their facilities and talk a little bit of a way to collaborate between the two foundations.

Reality can be so different from one place to another, and this was not the exception. Families struggling to get their sick kids to get a doctor’s appointment, patients needing transportation to come to get free physical therapy session in FDN. So, we want to bring all the help we can get.

All proceeds from this trip will be donated to FDN Ecuador, to purchase food for families in extreme poverty. During our tour of the foundation, you will get the chance to meet the children and to give them personally, the donations.

Some of the highlights of the trip:

• Learn how to make chocolate from a Chocolatier
• Tour of the cacao plantations.
• Farm to Table style lunch both days.
• Interpretation of the extraction of the red crab within the mangrove swamp
• Boat trip through the estuary to observe dolphins, mangroves, and bird watching

*Includes Transportation, lodging, meals, cultural activities, and sightseeing.
Did we mention it is nice and warm in Naranjal. Join us August 13-14. 2 days/1 night.
If you have any questions, please send us an email. 5 seats available, so hurry and book your seat.

Jeenner Angulo: events@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

A win for the Children, the Planet, and the Future

The Cuenca Soup Kitchen’s August newsletter details our continued commitment to the health and wellbeing of our community. Text below:

A Win for the Children, the Planet, and the Future:

Your generous donations to the Cuenca Soup Kitchen’s April diaper drive are providing children with eco-friendly Gelwear diapers that will last for years. Their parents receive training in the care and cleaning of these diapers.

Gelwear was founded by four students from Yachay Tech University, whose goal was to reduce the ecological impact caused by disposable diapers.

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A little frustrated?

Living in a foreign country can be isolating and frustrating. Not knowing the language, the customs, missing friends or family can add to that. Hogar de Esperanza’s next information session, Connecting & Communicating will give you tips and information that will make living here a little bit easier and fun.

We will be providing more information about this session later, but for now if you have a group, organization, social activity that you would like us to include in our information package, go ahead and send us your info, we gladly help promote your group in our next info session.

Our monthly expat information session for new-comers and old-timers seeks to provide information about living in Ecuador. If you have topics you wish us to cover, please contact us. Thank you for supporting projects of Hogar de Esperanza. To donate to our work, you can do so at: https://www.givingway.com/donate/fundacion-hogar-de-esperanza

Jeenner Angulo: events@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Children on the streets

We have all seen them and it is difficult to watch them beg. Many of these children are in extremely vulnerable situations. I have been personally concerned about the conditions we see these children in and I have directed our staff at Foundation Hogar de Esperanza to propose some effective solutions to this problem. It is very easy to complain about the situation, however it is a more difficult task to come up with workable solutions. With the current influx of migrants, and no facilities to assist, many of them are now sleeping on the street.

We are currently in the process of collecting information and soliciting support for our proposed project from various agencies and potential donors. We are proposing that we use one floor of our facilities as an emergency shelter to accommodate up to 20 people. They would be provided accommodation, three meals a day, and laundry facilities for one month. In addition, our staff, in collaboration with other agencies, would provide employment counselling, medical, psychological, and other assistance. During the day, the adults would look for work, however the children would remain in the foundation where we would have educators and others to care for them. This way, there will be no need for the children to be on the streets.

As with everything, how to fund such a massive project, is a concern. We however believe that we can provide a temporary workable solution with the right support. If you would like to participate or know more about this project, please contact us. To support this project financially, you can do so at: https://www.givingway.com/donate/fundacion-hogar-de-esperanza. For other options or to make a tax-deductible donation, you can do so at our website: https://hogaresperanza.org/en/donations/. We welcome all your comments and suggestions and thank you for your support.

Garry Vatcher: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Black American farmers in Ecuador framed for murder need your help

Thank you to everyone who came out to sign the petition for Roja and Ronell Stephenson – they appreciate the messages of love and support that have been conveyed to them. A growing number of people have taken an interest in their case, and are volunteering to help.

The Stephensons have written this online petition, giving more facts about what transpired. They clearly deserve a fair trial which they did not receive. Please sign the petition, post on your Facebook page and on any social platform you are on. Updates to this will be posted here on Gringo Post. If you have any ideas or connections to people that might help, please send me an email. Thank you so much.

Also, if you receive a request from anyone seeking funds for this cause, it is fraudulent – The Stephensons are not seeking financial help of any kind, only justice.

Interview with Rob Christian, DCBORNROB:

Marilyn Steenburgh: marilyn.steenburgh@protonmail.com .

City: Cuenca

What? A year of free dog grooming?

If you haven’t bought your $2 raffle tickets yet, contact me and I will make sure they get to you. There are 2 prizes for a year of dog grooming! One spay/neuter, a drone, a couple doggie beds…

Get your tickets today. Drawing is Aug 27.

Kimberly Ruth Curls: curlskim@hotmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Are you ready for a quite different kind of “weather?”

…and get to know the beautiful, charming, and hardworking people of Naranjal?

Hogar de Esperanza would like to invite you to join us in a Cultural trip to Naranjal. Early June, Sandro received a phone call from a foundation in Naranjal, doing great work for people with Cerebral Palsy. They invite us over to see their facilities and talk a little bit of a way to collaborate between the two foundations. Reality can be so different from one place to another, and this was not the exception. Families struggling to get their sick kids to get a doctor’s appointment, patients needing transportation to come to get free physical therapy session in FDN. So, we want to bring all the help we can get. All proceeds from this trip will be donated to FDN Ecuador, to purchase food for families in extreme poverty. During our tour of the foundation, you will get the chance to meet the children and to give them personally, the donations.

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Effects of Covid

Her mother lost her job because of Covid. Her father only earns $15 per week because of Covid. She is disabled and cannot see a specialist because of Covid. Often she and her brothers go hungry.

We gave her food once. Can we count on you to help us do it again? There are dozens of families in this position. Your donation of $25/month will help us feed them.

https://www.givingway.com/…/fundacion-hogar-de-esperanza. For other donation options, please visit our website at: https://hogaresperanza.org/en/donations/ Thank you for your support.

Garry Vatcher: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

A free summer camp to bring joy to the little ones – Fundacion Nur

The free summer camp ” Believe, Create and Recreate” began on July 12, and will continue until August 20. Forty kids of the families that Nur supports are part of this initiative.

During those six weeks all the kids will receive education in values through playful and formative activities, like: Storytelling for little kids and pre-teens, crafts, fun yoga and meditation, drawing classes, walks along the countryside in small groups, virtual walks, and cooking classes (“Little Chefs”).

We want to share with you some pics of the delights of the virtual activity “Little Chefs”.
Everything turned out exquisite and full of smiles!

Thank you for your support.

If you want to support our work please contact us at fundraising@fundnur.org.

You can donate via PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/fundacionnur.

For recurring donations please visit:
https://www.fundnur.org/english/recurringdonations.html

From Ecuador you can deposit to the savings account: 406119384202 Cooperative JEP in the name of “Fundacion Nur development, human inclusion and solidarity”. RUC 0190480984001

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

City: Cuenca

Garage sale donations needed

Mujeres Con Exito will be hosting a garage sale on August 4 from 9 AM to 3 PM.

Donations of gently used furniture, clothing and household goods can be dropped off at Mujeres during normal operating hours. Please call to ensure someone is there to receive your donation. If you have more than you can carry, please call Diana to arrange pickup which will take place on July 29th.

Dianita Vazquez Bravo: 098 474 7919. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Thank you to the Community

Hogar de Esperanza is extremely grateful to all the artists, businesses and others who have supported us these past few weeks. On Saturday, we held an information session on Health Care supported by Kolo Bakery and Restaurant, Blue Box Insurance and VIP Home Healthcare.

On Wednesday and Thursday Wes Elliott in collaboration with Tutto Matto Pizza and Common Grounds hosted a Wes the Mentalist show. It was an amazing show and I think many of us are still trying to figure out how he did it. Definitely, something different. The previous week, Bigotte invited us to participate in their one-year anniversary in collaboration with Deb Davis at which they donated the days proceeds to the foundation. Together, they provided over $1,200 to support the most vulnerable.

A big thank you to all those who came out and supported these events. Together we can make a big difference in our community.

If you or your business have ideas for future events, please contact our events coordinator, Jeenner Angulo.

Garry Vatcher: events@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Raffle list for Rescate Cuenca translated

Someone reminded me that a lot of expats can’t read the list of prizes. Therefore, to the best of my ability and not knowing “exactly” what the donor intends, I attach the following translation. Some tickets still available and can be delivered to you. Just email me. Thanks for your support.

Kimberly Curls: curlskim@hotmail.com

City: Cuenca

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Hogar de Esperanza donations

Thanks to all who contributed over $500 to Hogar de Esperanza events featuring Wes the Mentalist at Tutto Matto Pizzeria and Common Grounds. Rumor has it that more events are being scheduled for La Yunta and Kolo, and Vilcabamba.

And, a special shout-out to the civic minded proprietors, Daniel and Cristian.

Wes Elliott: thementalistwes@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Raffle tickets made easy for Rescate Cuenca

Hi everyone, I am still assisting in the Rescate Raffle with 60 great items as listed in the photo. If you haven’t made your donation yet to help with the over population of animals in Cuenca, email me for how many you want; and you can paypal me. I will fill out your stubs and deliver your tickets to you. How easy can it get to give to such a great cause.

We must all help with the great effort to eliminate strays dogs and limit the breeding of more. $2 per ticket

Thanks!

Kimberly Curls: curlskim@hotmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Is IESS the best health care option for you?

In recent months, many questions have been raised about the efficiency and shortcomings of the IESS and public health system. Many are not aware of it until an emergency happens or you need a doctor in a hurry. Then, is it too late?

Ecuador has some excellent health care options. It is, however, best to plan for those. Do you have pre-existing conditions? Do you need a primary care doctor or specialist? What happens if you cannot communicate with a doctor in Spanish should an emergency arise? This Saturday, we are bringing together the experts in navigating health care in Ecuador. We will be sharing personal experiences and facts regarding health care options, that you should be aware of.

Join us at Kolo Bakery and Restaurant, this Saturday at noon. Reservations are required. This session will also be broadcast via zoom. Please contact us for the link. The cost is $5 per person and you will receive a voucher for $5 to be used at Kolo that day. The Newcomer’s Information Session is a service of Foundation Hogar de Esperanza and The Expats Services Center. Should you have questions you wish covered at this session or have ideas for future sessions or to make a reservation, please email us.

Garry Vatcher: events@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Seeking donations to very hungry people in Ricaurte

First, a huge thank you for those who have donated to keep the poorest 13 families alive during this crisis of unemployment.

We buy the rice and lentils and get some food to them every month or two. If you would like to help feed these hungry families, please donate to my paypal at livefoodfactor@yahoo.com The people there are very, very grateful.

Susan Schenck, resident of Cuenca since 2010

City: Cuenca

Charles Schwab and Pichincha ATM Remigio Crespo

Charles Schwab rebates all ATM charges at the end of the month. However, at the end of May, I happened to notice that I was not getting all the ATM charges rebated, specifically Pichincha Bank charges at Remigio Crespo.

Early June, I called Schwab. The rep had no idea why, but was to get back to me in 10 days. That never happened. I called again today as there are more $4.48 ATM fees on my account that have not been rebated for May or June. I could probably search back several more months to find more, but I did not.

Another call to Schwab, this time I was told that the ATMs I have been using are not separating the withdrawal from the withdrawal fee, so Schwab’s system cannot identify the fee. The rep suggested I avoid Pichincha bank ATMs, because he could not be certain if it was isolated to the one branch or the bank overall.

Because I am lax in checking at the end of the month, I cannot say if the Old Town branches were bothersome or not. Either way, I do prefer the other banks with less or no fees.

Ryan James: drryanjames@gmail.com 098 000 7076.

City: Cuenca

Help an animal rescuer in need

Hi Everyone and especially pet lovers,

My friend Susan, who is an animal rescuer extraordinaire recently overheated her engine in a trip from Vilcabamba to Cuenca to pick up two homeless cats. Now the engine needs to be repaired and it’s going to cost $1000-$1500 to do it. Susan doesn’t have any money. Honestly, she’s always spending anything she’s got on dogs and cats. She’s the most generous person I’ve ever met and I’m hoping we can help her out so she can go on rescuing animals.

I’ve started a GoFundMe for her and I hope you’ll find it in your heart to help one of our own. As an added incentive, anyone who pledges $20 or more can have a free watercolor painting from me. I can do flowers, butterflies, cats, dogs, etc. Please help if you can. Thank you all so much. If you have any questions my WhatsApp number is 098‌ ‌581‌ ‌8073‌. https://gofund.me/9a8bb461

Mucho Abrazos,

Suzie Burlison: Accessgoddess@gmail.com 098‌ ‌581‌ ‌8073‌. Call after: 11 AM.

City: Cuenca

Something different for you to enjoy

Are you looking to get out, have a fun evening and support a great cause? This week, Wes the Mentalist, will be doing two shows in support of Hogar de Esperanza. On Wednesday, July 21st at Tutto Matto Pizzeria and Thursday, July 22nd at Common Grounds Sports Bar & Grill. Each show starts at 6:30 PM. Tips will be donated to Hogar de Esperanza (Home of Hope), which helps those living in vulnerable situations.

We are grateful for all the incredible support from artists, the business community and you. Together, we have made a huge impact. If you would like to host an event or have ideas on future events, please contact our Event Coordinator, Jenner at the email below.

Garry Vatcher: services@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Your gifts are making an investment in the future with eco-friendly diapers

Your generous donations to our April diaper drive are providing children with eco-friendly Gelwear diapers that will last for years.

Gelwear was founded by four students from Yachay Tech University whose goal was to reduce the ecological impact caused by disposable diapers.

Their solution: an eco-friendly, hypoallergenic diaper made with an outer layer of bamboo and an insert made of sugarcane waste. This allows Gelwear diapers to biodegrade 100 times faster than disposable diapers.

The Cuenca Soup Kitchen believes that supporting this Cuenca-based startup is an investment in the future of at risk children, the future of Ecuador, and the future of the planet.

Des Dizney, Bill O’Brien, and Smith
Co-directors, Cuenca Soup Kitchen

info@cuencasoupkitchen.org

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKFqG1rDjxY

Des Dizney

City: Cuenca

Can you help the rivers?

The rivers need your help. My friend, a professor at the University of Cuenca, is passionate about protecting Cuenca’s rivers. Specifically, he wants to protect the rivers from the effects of metal mining. To do this, he is creating a documentary about the importance of the rivers in the lives of Cuencanos and others.

The documentary will be presented at universities for students to reflect and learn from the Cuenca experience. It will serve to raise awareness of the importance of the rivers and is a tribute to those who defend nature (farmers, scientists, activists).

How can you help? You can contribute to the funding of this project by visiting GOFUNDME at the following link:

https://gofund.me/650f3d00

You can also get more information about the project at the same GOFUNDME link.

https://gofund.me/650f3d00

Please consider supporting this worthy cause and thank you for anything you can do to help.

Denise Lagrou

City: Cuenca

Prevention of domestic violence – Fundación Nur

“An abused person will become an abuser or a victim of violence”.

Fundación Nur organized 4 workshops open to their beneficiaries and all the Cuenca Community last month. An excellent team of professionals explained how to face these situations and the legal paths that we have.

During the workshops attendees were able to learn how to identify the different aspects of violence and some triggers as well as the legal paths that they must follow to protect themselves and their own in a case of violence. Everyone was reminded of the importance of each person’s dignity, human rights, and self-esteem.

Violence is a disease that has become more widespread during the pandemic.

We want to remind everybody that we are not alone, we are backed by the constitution and the laws, and we can always count on professionals willing to help us overcome our problems.
We cannot be bystanders.

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

If you want to support our efforts to build a better world you can donate via PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/fundacionnur.
From Ecuador you can deposit to the Savings Account 406119384202 Cooperative JEP in the name of “Fundacion Nur development, human inclusion and solidarity”. RUC 0190480984001

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

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: services@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Newcomer’s Information Session

Are you new to Ecuador or have been here a while and have questions regarding Health Care Coverage in Ecuador? We will be talking with the experts about your options. From Public Hospitals, IESS, Private Coverage and Nursing Care to Medical Facilitation and 9-11..

Things can be done differently here, and we all have had questions. Get the right information from trusted sources. Join Hogar de Esperanza, Blue Box Insurance and VIP Home Healthcare for this informative event. It will also be broadcast via Facebook Live for those who prefer not to attend in person. Legally required biosecurity measures will be in place and space will be limited.

The event will be held at Kolo Restaurant and Bakery, Luis Cordero 5-65, Saturday, July 24th starting at noon and will be for one hour. The cost to attend is $5 and you will receive a $5 voucher to be used at Kolo. Stay after the session and enjoy the great food at Kolo. Complimentary coffee and snacks will be served during the event.

Reservations are required. The Newcomer’s Information Session is a service of Foundation Hogar de Esperanza and The Expats Services Center. Should you have questions you wish covered at this session or have ideas for future sessions or to make a reservation, please email us.

Garry Vatcher: services@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Ecua-Volley League – Please help keep kids off drugs and the streets

Cuenca Ecua-Volley is a volleyball league that is a part of an international effort to help disadvantaged and “at-risk” boys and girls to stay straight and off the streets, learn how to work as a team and enjoy some fun physical exercise playing teams locally and globally. These kids need all volleyball equipment as well as uniforms, shoes and socks, etc. This is a very worthwhile cause.

All sized donations accepted and appreciated.

Please contact organizer and head coach Juan Naranjo
Phone is direct cell or use WhatsApp

Muchísimo gracias,

Juan Naranjo: naranjojuanito561@gmail.com 099 847 2091. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Cuenca Soup Kitchen waiting list grows to 300 families: you can help

You provide the necessities. We get them to those in need.

You can help feed a family for $25 a month by becoming a monthly donor. Fifty monthly donations of $25 will bring food and hope to 50 families each month. We monitor each family and as they achieve stability, they “graduate” allowing space for a new family.

When you give, they eat.

We serve 150 families but another 300 families are waiting for help. Each family is screened by a social worker ensuring that the most vulnerable get aid. Our goal is to get at least 50 more of the 300 families off of the waiting list.

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Let’s celebrate this Tuesday

Bigotte Barbershop & Lounge wants to celebrate its 1st anniversary by giving back to the Cuenca community. This Tuesday, July 6th, Bigotte will be donating all its earnings to Hogar de Esperanza (Home of Hope), which helps those living in vulnerable situations. We are grateful for their support of our work. Please come out and help us show appreciation for their good deed.

Services that Bigotte will be providing during the event:

Men’s hair and beard cuts.
Express massage, relaxing massage, anti-stress massages, deep facials.
Manicure, pedicure, conotheraphy (ear candling), foot reflexology.
Men and women can schedule services for a manicure, pedicure, and massages.

What better way to finish off a great day with friends, coffee, and some tunes with Deb Davis at 4 PM. Deb will donate her tips to Hogar de Esperanza as well.

Your name will automatically be entered into a raffle with each service, tip or donation. Winner need not be present to win. Two dinners for two people, thanks to Calvo & Co. The drawing will be made by the end of the business day.

Hours 9 AM to 8 PM help make a difference…with one haircut
Miguel Morocho y Gran Colombia Edificio Dalí
WhatsApp: 099 580 0977
Reservation preferred, but walk-ins welcome. Send an email to jangulov84@gmail.com for reservations.

Garry Vatcher: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Have questions about paying your domestic employees?

Did you know that under Ecuadorian Law, you have obligations to pay IESS, bonuses and vacation pay for your domestic help and casual employees? While most of these transactions are in cash, and most are made amicably, there are times when not following the law can result in unwanted problems and fines.

At Expat Services Center, we can handle all these transactions for you. We can make sure all the proper documentation is done, all the payments are made, and the required paperwork is submitted to the Ministry of Labor. We can even make the payments for your employees directly to their bank accounts, thus providing proof of payment. In the long run, this can save you substantial headaches and stress.

The Expat Services Center is part of Hogar de Esperanza and all the proceeds from the Center go to directly support the work of the foundation. If you would like more information, you can visit us at Marsical Sucre 12-84 and Juan Montalvo, Monday through Friday 8 AM to 5:30 PM.

Victor or Fernando: services@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Real stories from the Hogar – When food is not enough

We are all aware of the stories of poverty that many are suffering because of lack of work caused in part to the pandemic. But the problems go much deeper. We are seeing many losing their apartments, malnourished children and extreme living conditions. To address these issues, working with local universities we started a program of home visits and workshops.

Luisa, just 24-years old had 2 children already and a third was born premature. Her partner, who previously provided for them, abandoned her and the children. Due to malnutrition issues of the mother, the baby spent the first two months in the hospital. The hospital wanted to discharge the baby but was concerned about the living conditions. They asked our students to review the situation.

We found out she was three months behind on rent and had an eviction notice. To provide a safe place for the baby, the students recommended that she come live at the foundation until we can make more permanent arrangements for her. The baby needs constant oxygen which we can provide and make sure he gets to all his medical appointments. Also, we can address the nutritional needs of the mother and the other children.

Hogar de Esperanza (Home of Hope) is Cuenca’s Foundation for social emergencies and daily, working with other foundations and local hospitals we address emergencies for those needing crisis help. We are grateful for your support. To make a donation, you can do so at: https://www.givingway.com/donate/fundacion-hogar-de-esperanza or visit our website for other options: https://hogaresperanza.org/en/donations/

Garry Vatcher: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

More prizes being added to the Rescate Raffle

Wow, It’s July already! I will be at Cafe del Parque near the stadium for your convenience in buying some raffle tickets to help support Rescate Cuenca. There are more animals than ever due to Covid dumping. Please consider possibly a $20 donation for 10 tickets for great prizes including a drone, original artwork, a year’s grooming for your pet, jewelry, and many, many more.

Hope to see you this week and thanks for all those who are giving from the heart.

Call me with any questions; 099 172 2849

Kimberly Curls: curlskim@hotmail.com .

City: Cuenca

IVA refunds

Over this past year, there has been much confusion over the IVA reimbursements. SRI has been making changes to the way they process IVA refunds and there have been many delays. Thankfully now, things are kind of back to normal and the refunds are being processed normally.

Many expats choose to donate their monthly refunds to Hogar de Esperanza. This is unique way to support our programs. By working with the Tax Department (SRI), we have developed a simple and hassle-free way that you can make sure your monthly tax refunds go to support our work.

If you do not wish to donate your refund, our Expat Services Center can also help you with receiving the IVA refund for a fee.

To find out more information, please visit or contact Victor or Fernando at our Expat Services Center, Mariscal Sucre 12-84 and Juan Montalvo. Thank you for your support of Hogar de Esperanza (Home of Hope).

Garry Vatcher: services@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 9 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.

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: services@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Please, I need help…

Hi.

I haven’t received my stimulus check. I already did my 2020 taxes.

The check was sent in March and I haven’t received anything.

I need to know want can I do to get my check.

Please can anyone give any idea?

Thanks

Rosanna: rosannamendez_27@hotmail.com Rosanna.

City: Cuenca

Thank you for helping Naomi

Hello, good morning. I’m Nathaly Vivas, Today I am writing to thank you, Thanks to your donations and those of the people who have helped us, Naomi has been able to continue with her treatment.

She is a very strong baby who struggles every day with this disease (leukemia) the situation in Venezuela is complicated but thank God and all of you we have managed to move forward.

I attach a picture of Naomi with her new treatment.

We are still raising funds as this is a long road that our baby has to travel. Hand in hand with her parents and our whole family.

Thank you very much to all. There are no words to thank you for what this means to my family.

If anyone wants to help us this is the link of Gofund.me

https://gofund.me/a5f4de5f

Nathaly Vivas: nathaly.v.hurtado@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Your donations create success stories

You help families like Carmen and Julio’s to create meaningful lives when you support the Cuenca Soup Kitchen.

Although Carmen and Julio have “graduated” and no longer need our assistance, they continue to help those who do.

The Cuenca Soup Kitchen works in partnership with you, Cuenca Soup Kitchen volunteers and supporters, Hearts of Gold Foundation, Club Rotario Tomebamba, Rosana Malo and many other individuals and organizations.

Three ways to give:

Hearts of Gold, Cuenta de ahorros JEP
Account number: 406079928700
RUC number: 0190395251001

PayPal: jeffrey@jlsdesigns.net

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

You make all the difference,
Des Dizney, Bill O’Brien, and Smith

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ks3ni0_PhMY

Cuenca Soup Kitchen Directors

City: Cuenca

Starting a Go Fund Me Campaign

If anyone has done a successful “GoFundMe” here in Ecuador, please contact me.
The son of my housekeeper has developed a “Monster Tumor” in his facial cavity. It has already destroyed his sense of smell and is now attacking his optic nerve.

This 18-year-old boy is graduating high school as the number 1 student in all of Cuenca, and now his life is being threatened by this horrible tumor.

I have been trying to set up a crowd funding campaign through GoFundMe, but they do not list Ecuador as one of their countries. I don’t know what to do next.

I would so much appreciate any help you can give me on how to set this up. Time is of the essence as this tumor is growing out of control and will require a team of three surgeons to do the operation, and the first operation will cost over $30,000.

Susan

Collection of medication is today

Today is the collection of medication.

Hello Friends,

As you may know, I collect medication and medical supplies that you don’t use anymore, (even if they are expired, because they will be discharged in the right way), to give to the different nursing homes that are around town, and that are in need (more than ever), and to other places where these donations can be used. Sadly, due to the corona virus emergency, I was not able to make my yearly collection in 2020.

I’m reaching out now in need of your assistance in 2021. In addition to medications, we also collect gauze, alcohol, bandages, and any other medical supplies that you have, like crutches, walkers, canes, glasses, etc. We are also wanting masks gloves, and alcohol.

Please help our efforts by donating on June 25th, from 10 am – noon at Sunrise Café, on Calle Larga y Benigno Malo.

For more information you can contact me by phone at 099 174 4740 or, via email, at diana81vera@gmail.com.

Thank you, in advance.

Diana Vera

Friday collection of medication

Hello Friends,

As you may know, I collect medication and medical supplies that you don’t use anymore, (even if they are expired, because they will be discharged in the right way), to give to the different nursing homes that are around town, and that are in need (more than ever), and to other places where these donations can be used. Sadly, due to the corona virus emergency, I was not able to make my yearly collection in 2020.

I’m reaching out now in need of your assistance in 2021. In addition to medications, we also collect gauze, alcohol, bandages, and any other medical supplies that you have, like crutches, walkers, canes, glasses, etc. We are also wanting masks gloves, and alcohol.

Please help our efforts by donating on June 25th, from 10 am – noon at Sunrise Café, on Calle Larga y Benigno Malo.

For more information you can contact me by phone at 099 174 4740 or, via email, at diana81vera@gmail.com.

Thank you, in advance.

Diana Vera,
Cuenca Medical and General Facilitator

City: Cuenca

Help the Municipality of Cuenca revive its tourism sector

Hogar de Esperanza coordinates closely with the Municipality of Cuenca. Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, we have received donations of food from the city for distribution to those in dire need. We are grateful for their support and are excited to begin working more closely with them on multiple projects going forward.

As Cuenca continues to open up more and more in the coming months, the Municipality is looking forward to the revival of its beautiful city, including the tourism sector which has suffered greatly during the pandemic. They recently contacted us for our help in reaching out to the expat community with this endeavor by taking a simple (only 8 questions!) survey. Can you help us to help the leaders and planners of our dear city of Cuenca?

Please find the Google form survey link here: https://forms.gle/RDarcLVESyaAFJq57

All responses are received directly by the Municipality of Cuenca, which sends its gratitude to all expats and future visitors in advance for their support of this great city. Gracias!

Teresa Eklund: services@hogaresperanza.org .

City: Cuenca

Coronavirus vaccinations for the week of June 21-27

Thought I’d pass along information from the Ministry of Health’s web site:

https://www.salud.gob.ec/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/descarga-el-cronograma-de-vacunacion-21-al-27-junio-2021-act-17-junio.pdf

First dose for those without any risk factors –

Monday June 21st, age 61 with cedula ending in an even number.

Tuesday June 22nd – age 61 with cedula ending in an odd number.

Wednesday June 23rd – age 60 with cedula ending in an even number.

Thursday June 24th – age 60 with cedula ending in an odd number.

Friday June 25th – age 59 with cedula ending in an even number.

Saturday June 26th – age 59 with cedula ending in an odd number and those eligible for vaccination (age 59 and older) not yet vaccinated.

Sunday June 27th – those eligible for vaccination but not yet vaccinated.

Monday thru Friday – persons with chronic high risk health conditions age 40-44.

For the schedule of second doses (those who have received the first dose 24 May – 30 May of Pfizer or Sinovac, or 1 April to 7 April for Astra-Zeneca), consult the chart at the link above.

Ann Fourt: annfourt@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Annual collection of medication

Hello Friends :

As you may know, I collect medication and medical supplies that you don’t use anymore, (even if they are expired, because they will be discharged in the right way), to give to the different nursing homes that are around town, and that are in need (more than ever), and to other places where these donations can be used. Sadly, due to the corona virus emergency, I was not able to make my yearly collection in 2020.

I’m reaching out now in need of your assistance in 2021. In addition to medications, we also collect gauze, alcohol, bandages, and any other medical supplies that you have, like crutches, walkers, canes, glasses, etc. We are also wanting masks gloves, and alcohol.

Please help our efforts by donating on June 25th, from 10 AM – noon at Sunrise Café, on Calle Larga y Benigno Malo.

For more information you can contact me by phone at 099 174 4740 or, via email, at diana81vera@gmail.com.

Thank you, in advance.

Cuenca Medical and General Facilitator

Diana Vera

City: Cuenca

Paws With Hope needs help!

Paws with Hope is an animal rescue run by one person, Jay Dee, who is in desperate need of help to look after the dogs and cats in her care. The cost of housing, vetting and feeding the rescue animals is extremely high. She has not been making ends meet for a while and as of now she is completely out of funding with little necessities left. These dogs and cats were rescued to temporarily help them and find them homes.

Please donate if you can, or drop off a bag of dog or cat food, cat litter, used blankets and towels.

Hogar Esperanza will gladly receive the donations at the expat service center so next time you are shopping, please pick up a little extra pet food and drop it off.

Thank you so much.

Donation link is
https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/pawswithhopecuenca

Karen Smith: pawswithhopecuenca@yahoo.com 095 886 6091. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Bahía de Caráquez

A look at what your dollars do with the Cuenca Soup Kitchen

You provide the necessities of life…

Take a look to see what you make possible. Your dollars make a daily and ongoing difference to some of the most vulnerable people in and around Cuenca, Ecuador.

Thank you,

Des Dizney, Bill O’Brien, and Smith
Cuenca Soup Kitchen Co-directors

info@cuencasoupkitchen.org

Cuenca Soup Kitchen Directors

Spectacular raffle with 60 items

Get your $2 tickets at Goza South at Roberto Crespo this Thursday, June 17 between the hours of 10 AM and noon.

I will be set up at an outside table (if not raining) with a placard showing the prizes. Drawing is the end of August.

Please consider giving $10 – $20 to assist those who are working so hard to pick up and care for abandoned animals at Rescate Cuenca.

Thanks in advance for your generosity.

Kimberly Curls: curlskim@hotmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Looking to hire bilingual support person

Are you a bilingual (English/Spanish) job-seeker interested in supporting social causes here in Cuenca? If so, then Hogar de Esperanza (Home of Hope) is searching for someone like you.

We are looking to hire someone to assist us here at the foundation. You must speak excellent English and Spanish, have good computer skills, and be available to work full-time from Monday – Friday. The ideal person will be flexible, organized, dependable and self-motivated, and will apply excellent attention to detail in all that they do. He/she will have a passion for supporting social programs helping people in need, and be okay with accepting a basic salary, understanding that the foundation operates off a tight budget.

If this sounds like the opportunity you’ve been looking for, send your CV to: info@hogaresperanza.org. Or, if you know someone who you think would be a good candidate for this position, please help us by sharing it with them.

Garry Vatcher: info@hogaresperanza.org 096 896 2015. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

Help us to keep these babies clean, secure and healthy – Fundación Núr

We are supporting 15 pregnant mothers and are in great need of:

– Diapers (any size)
– Baby Strollers (we can fix them if needed)
– Two cribs
– Toiletries

If you have items that you don’t need any more, please contact us. We can pick them up.

Thank you SO much.

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

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

City: Cuenca

Do you think about your health?

A few nights ago, a young man stopped by because he wanted me to review the medications the doctor in the public system prescribed him. He also could not buy the medications. He just wanted to talk to someone, someone to give him some confidence, get his medications and be able to sleep somewhere where he could be comfortable while recovering.

As well, this past week we assisted someone who had a major dental infection and suffering from one of the worst cases of psoriasis I had ever seen. But there was no way she could get the medications or dental assistance needed.

For those living on the streets, with no family or support system, when you are sick things can be scary. Not knowing exactly what is wrong with you. At the very least, you need someone to talk to, to give you that comfort level and support. We try our best to be that support system, but it is getting increasingly challenging as the public medical system seems to be collapsing. More and more we are being called upon to provide medications, oxygen, dental assistance and second opinions.

Your monthly support of Hogar de Esperanza (Home of Hope) helps us help others to have to worry a little less about their health. https://hogaresperanza.org/en/donations/

Garry Vatcher: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

We are in need of three cribs for the middle of June – Fundación Núr

We are happy to welcome three new babies in the middle of June but we need cribs for those babies.

Do you have a crib that you are not using any more? Please contact us. We can pick it up.

We also accept donations of diapers, clothes, blankets, towels and toiletries.

Thank you so much.

Do you want to learn more about Fundacion Nur?
Please visit https://www.fundnur.org/english/index.html
General Antonio Farfán 2-17, Cuenca, Azuay, Ecuador

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

City: Cuenca

Raffle spectacular

Tons of great prizes in this raffle to benefit Rescate Animal Cuenca. Many animals have been abandoned due to Covid and recent flooding. Join the excitement of winning some great prizes for your $2 a ticket donation. Prizes to be chosen August 27, FB live at 9am, but I can meet you to deliver prizes to a central location. Doesn’t get easier than this!

To facilitate your purchase/pickup of these raffle tickets, I will circulate around the city over the next 4 weeks to bring the tickets to a local restaurant near you.

This Thursday, June 3rd I will be at Bistro Yaku, Luis Cordero 5-66. Easy to get to from anywhere downtown. I will wait for you 9 -12. You can also enjoy the fantastic breakfast or lunch when you come.

Open photos for list of raffle gifts.

See you there,

Kimberly Curls: curlskim@hotmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Expat Services Center: note our new hours and various services

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 for 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!

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7,200 pounds of food delivered: more needed

Your donations towards this situation have made it possible for the Cuenca Soup Kitchen, in partnership with Hearts of Gold Foundation, to deliver 7,200 pounds of food to those impacted by the recent flooding in and around Cuenca, Ecuador.

Our focus is on the outlying areas where farming communities were particularly hard hit. Many lost not only their homes but also their crops, livestock, and tools. Hundreds of families are in need. It is going to be a long recovery and they will need ongoing support in order to rebuild their lives.

Please watch this short montage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnaXyGcqBR4

If you are moved to help, please consider donating to the Cuenca Soup Kitchen. In partnership with Hearts of Gold Foundation, we will continue to purchase and deliver the supplies these areas need as they rebuild their lives.

PayPal: jeffrey@jlsdesigns.net

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

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

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

info@cuencasoupkitchen.org

Des Dizney, Bill O’Brien, and Smith

Cuenca Soup Kitchen Directors

City: Cuenca

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