So, what does a soup kitchen do?

While the purpose of a soup kitchen is to provide a nutritious meal, they are also an important entry point to services for individuals who are homeless or living in poverty. A young mother with four children was brought to Esperanza Food Bank and Soup Kitchen from our community partner in Molleturo. She desperately needed food. First on our list was getting her to a health center where she was given birth control. After a thorough assessment, they ate lunch. and saw our doctor.

The children are severely malnourished, so they were given vitamins and supplements and anti-parasitic medications. The children also got gifts because they missed Christmas. Further medical issues were discovered in two of the children, so HKIE will be helping us with those. They all sleep in a small room on a single mattress with no blankets, so they were given blankets. Our students will do a home visit in the coming week to fully assess the living situation and see how we can help.

They left here with hope, feeling like they mattered and ready for a new start in life. This is what the Hogar de Esperanza is all about. We provide food, but we also partner with over 20 community agencies to give people in need the tools they need to change their lives. https://hogaresperanza.org/en/donations/

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

City: Cuenca

Need donations for food for people in Ricaurte

The poorest people are the last to bounce back from this economic crisis caused by lockdowns. Report from December: Each of the 13 poorest families in Ricaurte received 15.5 lbs rice, 7.7 lbs lentils, 1.5 lbs tuna, 1 lb jungle peanuts, 1 lb chocolate cookies for the children. Someone donated fine coffee packets, so each family got 1500 grams of fine Ecuadorian coffee, a luxury I am sure they appreciate! I also made sure the children had a piñata for Christmas, full of small toys and fine chewy chocolates/caramels, as well as a soccer ball. I could not have done it without your support! Thanks so much, and have a wonderful year.

You can pay me via paypal: livefoodfactor@yahoo.comOr if you want to pay cash, I can meet you downtown. We purchase the food and then drive it to Ricaurte. 

Susan Schenck, resident of Cuenca 11 years.

Susan E Schenck: livefoodfactor@yahoo.com .

City: Cuenca

New people in the food kit program

The Cuenca Soup Kitchen has good news about the food kits program which we provide to families in a state of vulnerability. Our goal is to lend a hand up to families in need allowing them to focus on becoming stable.

This week, ten of our 175 beneficiary families achieved their economic independence and no longer depend on Cuenca Soup Kitchen’s food kits. Because of the partnership with Hearts of Gold, these families have not only received food kits but also been empowered by workshops and other support. As a result, they are strong enough to leave the food kit program.

This allows us to rotate in ten of the 300 beneficiary families on our waiting list. We will help them as they work towards self-sufficiency, dignity, and hope for a better future. We invite you to continue supporting this program and continue transforming lives.

Camila Moscoso: cmoscosoriofrio@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Let’s help Juan Manuel to save his eyes

Juan Manuel is a baby who has cancer in his eyes. There isn’t a treatment here in Ecuador, for this reason his family need to travel to Colombia or Argentina.

Juan Manuel parents’ feel frustrated because they don’t have the enough money to cover the whole treatment.

https://gofund.me/ab6e45f2

Andrea: andreaestefaniapaucar@gmail.com 099 928 9224. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Success stories: 10 new families are getting a hand up

The Cuenca Soup Kitchen’s goal is to lend a hand up to families in need, allowing them to focus on becoming stable.

This week, 10 of our 175 beneficiary families are leaving the food kit program. In addition to the food kits provided by the Cuenca Soup Kitchen, our partnership with Hearts of Gold has empowered these beneficiaries with workshops to help them succeed.

This enables us to move 10 of the 300 families on our waiting list into the food kit program, giving them a helping hand towards stability.

Your support transforms lives!

Thank you,
Des Dizney, Bill O’Brien, and Smith

Directors: info@cuencasoupkitchen.org .

City: Cuenca

New partner for the Hogar

Foundations often use a lot of buzz words to impress. But beyond the words is what do we do exactly to help those we serve? At Foundation Hogar de Esperanza we have an impressive list of partners who we work with every day to assist those who are in need. By working together, we can do so much more. We could not be prouder to add to the current list of over 20 partners, a new one, Fundacion Libertad Cuenca.

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The Hogar, focus on stability

Do you think just providing food to someone is going to create stability? Of course, you don’t, and we don’t either. Each month, in partnership with Supermaxi, Esperanza Food Bank and Soup Kitchen provides over 2,600 meals and food kits to 1,300 beneficiaries. But we do not stop there. We get to the root of the problem.

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Exciting news from the Hogar

Foundation Hogar de Esperanza is excited to announce that Dra. Nicole, a registered Ecuadorian doctor and her partner Marilyn, from Guatemala, have joined us here at the foundation. Dra. Nicole will be coordinating all our patient treatments and will be the foundation’s doctor. She speaks English so is also available to those in the expat community who would like to see an English-speaking doctor for a general consult or second opinion. Marilyn is a professional business and project organizer and will be organizing all the services we offer here.

Nicole and Marilyn join our team of professionals which include Social Workers, Nutritionists, Psychologists and legal experts to give a broad base of professional assistance to those coming to us looking for help. We trust that you will find some time to drop in and welcome them to Hogar de Esperanza.

We are located at Mariscal Sucre 12-84 and Juan Montalvo.

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

City: Cuenca

New partner for the Hogar

Foundations often use a lot of buzz words to impress. But beyond the words is what do we do exactly to help those we serve? At Foundation Hogar de Esperanza we have an impressive list of partners who we work with every day to assist those who are in need. By working together, we can do so much more. We could not be prouder to add to the current list of over 20 partners, a new one, Fundacion Libertad Cuenca.

We work with many of those living on the streets. Many of those have drug addictions and many have HIV. Until now, providing assistance to them have been challenging. Fundacion Libertad Cuenca is a drug and alcohol treatment center who provides a closed facility and 6-month program either voluntarily or not to those needing treatment. They will provide space for clients of ours who are in need to treatment. We can now truly give a hands up to those living on the street and help them forever change their lives.

To run these programs, your support is desperately needed. January is a tough month and we need your support to keep running our many programs. You can make a donation at: https://www.givingway.com/donate/fundacion-hogar-de-esperanza Thank you for your support.

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

City: Cuenca

Exciting news from the Hogar

Foundation Hogar de Esperanza is excited to announce that Dra. Nicole, a registered Ecuadorian doctor and her partner Marilyn, from Guatemala, have joined us here at the foundation. Dra. Nicole will be coordinating all our patient treatments and will be the foundation’s doctor. She speaks English so is also available to those in the expat community who would like to see an English-speaking doctor for a general consult or second opinion. Marilyn is a professional business and project organizer and will be organizing all the services we offer here.

Nicole and Marilyn join our team of professionals which include Social Workers, Nutritionists, Psychologists and legal experts to give a broad base of professional assistance to those coming to us looking for help. We trust that you will find some time to drop in and welcome them to Hogar de Esperanza. We are located at Mariscal Sucre 12-84 and Juan Montalvo.

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

City: Cuenca

Emergency button service

PM Emergency Button is a pre-hospital care service at home aimed at: older adults, people who live alone, dependent or vulnerable people or whoever wishes to have the service.

It is a high-tech device that, when pressed for at least 5 seconds, makes an emergency call and an emergency technician will assist you until help arrives at your home and you are attended in a professional manner.

Andres Perez: PM_Boton_Emergencias@hotmail.com 098 128 3135. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Innocent victim of traffic accident

My name is Rick and I am raising funds for a prosthesis for Italo. He lost his lower leg recently when a motorcycle crashed into him while he was waiting to cross the street.
The prosthesis costs $6000 so his family is hosting a bingo and hopes to raise $4000 but needs help with the rest. His son, Max, attends Cetap-Lucy, “where I volunteer”, and helps out at the Grill and Bakery Lucy in Chilcapamba.

Cash donations can be picked up by me or you can use gofundme:
https://gofund.me/c195f44d

Total is now $581. $290 donated offline. Have given the total to Italo. He has $5000 of the $6000 needed for the prosthesis.

Thank you to all the donors.

Rick: smith4r@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

All Children Deserve to Dream

Did you know about our Hearts of Gold, All Children Deserve to Dream program? This program is about fulfilling the dreams of the beneficiary children, many of whom have lived in a state of vulnerability all their lives, so we encourage them to set short, medium and long-term goals, in addition to increasing their self-esteem and that of their parents to know that with effort they can achieve what they set out to do.

For this 2022 we have many dreams waiting to be fulfilled. One of them may be to go to the beach, or to be able to enter college. Yo others that may sound very simple like having a ball, going for an ice cream for the first time. As you may have noticed, fulfilling a child’s dream does not require supernatural powers, only a big heart of gold, so I invite you to be part of this program and share the magic of dreams together.

Camila Moscoso: morellana@heartsofgoldfoundation.org .

City: Cuenca

Donating goods, used condition

Does anyone know if there is a way to donate used household goods to an organization that helps women and children in need? Leaving the country and have plenty of things to donate that are just over a year old.

Thank You,

Tony Valore: avalore@msn.com .

City: Cuenca

All children deserve to dream

In Ecuador, 25.5% of children in urban areas live in poverty, and in rural areas approximately 47.6%. With the All Children Deserve to Dream program, you support these children and encourage them to follow their dreams and set short and long-term goals, learning to value effort and motivating them to continue with their education. We end 2021 fulfilling dreams like being princesses, climbing mountains, having a computer to receive virtual classes, visiting McDonalds for the first time, having a bicycle, having a backpack, and many other dreams that we may never have been able to believe that there are people who do not have the opportunity to do these things normally, but in this way we can demonstrate the injustice that these children have lived throughout their short lives, and seeing their reactions drives us to fulfill more dreams.

Camila Moscoso: morellana@heartsofgoldfoundation.org .

City: Cuenca

Covid and the Hogar

With over 40 residents, volunteers and staff and hundreds more coming through our doors each week, it was just a matter of time before someone had a meeting with the latest wave of Covid. We have identified four confirmed cases and two suspected. Therefore, we will be limiting access to the foundation until Thursday, January 20th. Our Expat Services Center and Esperanza Thrift Shop will be operating as normal as none of those working in those areas are affected by this. There may be some interruption in services during lunch as the staff will not be allowed to enter the foundation for lunch.

What will be affected is donation pickups, workshops and food distribution. All these activities are expected to resume on Thursday, January 20th, should our doctors give the all clear. Foundation Hogar de Esperanza (Home of Hope) is proud that our vigilance and security measures have allowed us to continue serving the community with only minimal interruptions during this Covid time, this being only the second time we have identified cases. We are committed to openness and transparency for the protection of those we serve.

As you may expect, the additional costs of treatments and testing creates an additional burden on the foundation’s resources. Please consider making a donation to support our work at: https://www.givingway.com/donate/fundacion-hogar-de-esperanza

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

City: Cuenca

Bottle caps for childhood cancer

The Cuenca English Lions Club is collecting plastic bottle caps to redeem for cash. All funds raised will be used for the prevention, treatment, and care of childhood cancer. Will you help us in our endeavor? Our goal is to collect 30,000 bottle caps. So far we have collected 1,365 caps. The caps will be recycled and the proceeds donated to organizations that help those with childhood cancer. A little effort on your part can have a big impact on children with cancer. Collection baskets can be found at Common Grounds, El Rey del Burrito, Kolo Restaurant and Bakery, Sunrise Cafe, and Trinity Vineyard Church. Thanks for your support.

Gary Cross: LionGaryCross@gmail.com 099 978 1003. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Qhapaq Ñan Survey

Greetings, I am a student at the University of Tourism Specialties, I am developing a survey with the aim of making tourism products with the destination Qhapap Ñan.

In this regard, I ask in a restrained way to take this survey: https://forms.gle/Nm6pjHicDrNy4euMA


Very grateful for time, nice day.

Tania Encalada: .

City: Cuenca

Contributing to feed hundreds of families

32.2% of Ecuador’s population, some 5.7 million people, live in poverty, according to the latest report of the Institute of Statistics and Census (INEC), presented in July 2021. And, about 2.6 million live in extreme poverty. When you contribute to the Hearts of Gold and Cuenca Soup Kitchen kits program, you help dozens of families in need and extreme poverty, to have a daily diet, and motivate them to get better opportunities. The fact of being able to help those in need, in priority issues such as food, encourages them to take the day to day with a better and different perspective, and not only to those who receive the help, but to those who contribute so that it can help families in need of a giving heart, which in many cases are basic and essential needs in a home. Being able to support and bring joy and peace of mind to these families is definitely priceless and gives a satisfaction that cannot be expressed in words.

Camila Moscoso: morellana@heartsofgoldfoundation.org .

City: Cuenca

Hogar De Esperanza’s Craft Workshop, 2022 objectives

Thank you for your initial response to our new fundraising project, “TugZ 4 DogZ”. It has inspired us to expand to cat toys. Visit our newly revamped Instagram page to keep updated on our product line, no account necessary, https://www.instagram.com/thrift_shop.2022/ Please like and follow if you do have an account.

The craft workshop has become not only a place for clients to gather socially, but unfortunately for too many it is also a safe place to spend a few hours outside the home.

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Registering a “foreign” vaccination certificate with the government

To register a vaccination received in another country enter the requested data in the following web site. The process was fairly straightforward. They recommend using Firefox browser (which I did). Scan your vaccination card too since they ask you to upload the file.

Total time … about 10 minutes

https://www.salud.gob.ec/msp-habilita-link-para-registro-de-vacunacion-covid-19-a-personas-inoculadas-en-el-exterior/

Jim: jgmcbride@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

A Christmas for everyone

Christmas is a time to share with the ones we love the most, but many families do not have the possibility to celebrate Christmas like others, due to various limitations. Hearts of Gold together with Cuenca Soup Kitchen organized a Christmas party for these vulnerable families on December 22nd and 23rd. We wanted to make sure that they feel the Christmas spirit transmitted by our volunteers, even though we were short on time, due to covid 19 protocols.

We managed to organize different stations for the Christmas celebration. In the first station the children received a Christmas gift that they had previously put on their gift list. The second station consisted of a Christmas tree where the families decided if they wanted to take pictures with the tree. The third station the children could take a picture if they wanted with a photographer who will deliver the pictures this Friday. The fourth station each family member received a chicken sandwich and a potato salad made with all the love by our volunteers. Finally, the last station was where we give them a food kit containing extras such as two chickens and milk. I had the honor to interview some families after receiving all the gifts and they couldn’t be happier. They were happy for the help they receive and that we push them to progress.

On behalf of Hearts of Gold we want to thank Cuenca Soup Kitchen for being our partners. And to you for helping us every day to help thousands of hearts of gold.

Camila Moscoso: cmoscosoriofrio@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Education for girls

In Ecuador, every day, 5 girls, aged 14 years, and 136 teenagers, aged 15 to 19 years, are mothers (INEC 2019). This is just one indicator, which suggests that family planning, as well as other health-related issues, are closely related to sex education. These being considerably worrying statistics, since many of these pregnancies happen due to lack of knowledge about girls’ bodies and their sexual health. In Ecuador, many people do not receive adequate sex education, since their guardians did not receive sex education.

For this reason, during the month of January, in Hearts of Gold 55 girls and teenagers beneficiaries will receive workshops on menstrual education, empowerment and emotional education, these workshops have the objective that girls and teenagers know their bodies, and with that also to determine their limits, learn to love themselves and connect with their feminine side.

Camila Moscoso: morellana@heartsofgoldfoundation.org .

City: Cuenca

2022 Benefit Calendar

A calendar with purpose. For us it is very gratifying to present our Calendar Me Cuidas 2022, which we have made with a purely social purpose. Together with @fotografademascotas who helped us to portray some of the furry ones for adoption, we have designed this beautiful calendar with a lot of love for you. In it you can find the shelter dogs for adoption as well as the most important pet dates. 100% of the proceeds will go to the wonderful work they do at @luckybienestaranimal. You can look up our brand at Instagram and Facebook as @mecuidasmascotas.ec

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Christmas thank you

Dear friends,

Christmas has come and gone, and the new year has arrived. The women and children of Mujeres con Exito thank you for making this holiday season one of their best ever.

The shelters for women never close—the sad reality of domestic violence keeps us active. The holiday season is when many women finally gather the courage to make the decision to flee—to save their lives and those of their children.

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Please donate a minute of your time to complete an online survey

Hello, My name is Tami Valencia. I am studying for a career in marketing here in Cuenca and as part of my coursework, I have an online survey about the buying habits relating to the purchase of locally produced Panama hats that I need to complete. If you could take a moment and complete the survey, https://www.questionpro.com/t/ATyjGZqgvE, I would sincerely appreciate it! It is a simple questionnaire that will only take a minute or two.

Thank you for your assistance and may you have a Happy New Year.

Tami Valencia: tami_luly@hotmail.com 096 319 2078. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Tamara Valencia

Hope for the New Year and Thank You from the Hogar

Foundation Hogar de Esperanza (Home of Hope) wishes you all the best for the New Year. One that is filled with joy and hope. This has been an incredible year and you have been extremely generous with your support. We surpassed our goals with our Christmas program, and we could not have done it without you. Scott Cushing put together some of the highlights from our Christmas parties that you can enjoy here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRGP_-mxq1M

We are honored with the trust you have put in us over this past year, and we look forward to this coming year as we together, help the most vulnerable in our communities. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for your support. https://hogaresperanza.org/en/donations/

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

City: Cuenca

Please donate a minute of your time to complete an online survey

Hello, My name is Tami Valencia. I am studying for a career in marketing here in Cuenca and as part of my coursework, I have an online survey about the buying habits relating to the purchase of locally produced Panama hats that I need to complete. If you could take a moment and complete the survey, https://www.questionpro.com/t/ATyjGZqgvE, I would sincerely appreciate it! It is a simple questionnaire that will only take a minute or two.

Thank you for your assistance and may you have a Happy New Year.

Tami Valencia: tami-luly@hotmail.com 096 319 2078. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Urgent help

I arrived in Ecuador fleeing from my beautiful Venezuela, and I thanked with my heart I could be useful and free, so it was that, through very generous people from this community that I was able to pay for my transfer and reach this country, after a journey that today I remember as a great experience.

Regardless of the job I might find, beyond pretending to practice a profession I needed a decent and honest way to obtain the necessary resources to support my family.

Today is 4 years and, in my career, I have seen and lived closely an endless amount of abuse, mistreatment and abandonment of puppies; a sad, regrettable and shameful situation that extends through many countries, has no border and the worst, has no end.

In my quest to help, I found a way that led me to become a rescuer… but the pandemic changed everything. Also, the people I worked for were affected and although they struggled to keep me employed, they also had to reduce many of their expenses…no one escapes.

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Asking for help for needy families in Ricaurte

As we know, the poorest of the poor are the last to bounce back from all the lockdowns
and job shortages. Some friends and I purchase about 15 lbs of rice, around 11-13 lbs of lentils, 2-3 lbs tuna and whatever else we can for each of 13 destitute families every month. We buy these at Feria Libre at cost effective places.

Your donations are greatly appreciated by these people. This year we are also taking a pinata for the children.

My paypal is LiveFoodFactor@yahoo.com, or if you prefer, I can pick up any food or cash donations.

Susan Schenck, resident of Cuenca for over 11 years.

City: Cuenca

Innocent victim of traffic accident

My name is Rick and I am raising funds for a prosthesis for Italo. He lost his lower leg recently when a motorcycle crashed into him while he was waiting to cross the street.

The prosthesis costs $6000 so his family is hosting a bingo and hopes to raise $4000 but needs help with the rest.

His son, Max, attends Cetap-Lucy, “where I volunteer”, and helps out at the Grill and Bakery Lucy in Chilcapamba.

Cash donations can be picked up by me or you can use gofundme:
https://gofund.me/c195f44d

*Update $300 raised of $2000 goal.*

Gracias,

Rick: smith4r@gmail.com

City: Cuenca

Real stories from the Hogar – warning: get a Kleenex before reading!

Joshue has cancer. Now 10-years old, he has been battling this since he was 5. He is not responding well to treatment and has frequent relapses. He is a shy little boy tired from all he has suffered. He loves soccer but 9 months ago had to stop playing. His only wish for Christmas was to have his own soccer ball. tWe cannot cure his cancer, but we can give him all the encouragement and tools to keep fighting to win.

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Don’t you know what to do with things you are not using anymore?

Give a new chance to the things you don’t use anymore. At Hogar de Esperanza we receive everything that you no longer need such as clothes, kitchen utensils, furniture, and more.

All your donations are used to obtain income, with this, we help children in critical situations who suffer from diseases or deficiencies, the elderly who have no way to survive, single mothers and more people who come to our facilities to require help.
Come, visit us, make your donation and get to know our store, our workers will let you know you about our foundation.

We are located at Juan Montalvo 8-18 and Sucre. You can also find us on social networks such as:

Facebook: @HogardeEsperanzaEcuador
Email: info@hogaresperanza.org
Website: http://www.hogaresperanza.org
Phone Number: 099 094 7611

Hogar de Esperanza: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611.

City: Cuenca

We have raised $7925 towards our $10K goal

Help make a joyful Christmas at Mujeres Con Exito.

Dear Friends of Mujeres con Ėxito,

As the holidays rapidly approach, we continue to work to meet the needs of the women and children we serve at Cuenca’s only women’s domestic violence safe haven.

Our mothers tell us they need shoes and clothes for their children, so we will add those to the packages with the children’s presents. That adds up to $50 for each child. Considering we have 200 children (including babies and toddlers) that is a whopping $10,000 but we have raised $7925.

We rely on donations from you, our precious patrons.

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Wes the Mentalist…thanks for $6000

I’m pleased to have played a part in charity events since late July. In Cuenca and Vilcabamba including Dec. 16 event for CETAP-Lucy, the generous donations topped. $6000. All new shows are being created in the coming weeks, with my first show of the New Year scheduled for Common Grounds on January 8. Thanks again, and happy holidays.

1-120 J Manuel Calle Edificio Alur

Wes Elliott
thementalistwes@gmail.com

We have raised $7000 towards our $10K goal

Help make a joyful Christmas at Mujeres Con Exito.

Dear Friends of Mujeres con Ėxito,

As the holidays rapidly approach, we continue to work to meet the needs of the women and children we serve at Cuenca’s only women’s domestic violence safe haven.

Our mothers tell us they need shoes and clothes for their children, so we will add those to the packages with the children’s presents. That adds up to $50 for each child. Considering we have 200 children (including babies and toddlers) that is a whopping $10,000 but we have raised $7000.

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Any cell phone you don’t longer use? Donate to Hogar Cristo Rey

A nun at Cristo Rey is in need of a cell phone. Her cell was old and in no longer working.
If you have a cell phone that you no longer need; please make a donation to Sr Julia, who would really appreciate this offering. Either you can take it to her at Hogar Cristo Rey (Gaspar Sangurima and Juan Montalvo – a few blocks from Parque Calderon), or you can contact me for pickup.

Thank you so much,

George: javenia@yahoo.com 097 972 9578. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Did you know that…

Foundation Hogar de Esperanza is Ecuador’s Make a Wish Foundation? For four years, we have been making wishes and dreams come true for children suffering from critical illness, especially cancer. This year is particularly sad, because of Covid, poverty and other issues many of the children dealing with cancer have had a very difficult time. The reality is that we are seeing a death rate that is the highest since we have started this program.

We have some incredible plans with these children, and we have enlisted the help of many organizations such as the National Police and Cuenca’s Soccer Team. We are getting daily requests to help these children and it is only possible with your help. Starting next week, so as not to spoil the surprises, we will be showing you some of the incredible things we are doing. We do not want to say no to any suffering child for whom this may be their last wish.

To donate to our program, please use this link: https://hogaresperanza.org/en/donations/ If you would like to get personally involved in helping a specific child, email us and we will match you up with a child These children have hope that we are going to fulfil their dreams. That hope depends on you.

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

City: Cuenca

One birthday, two little girls

Four-year-old Samara and Samira are two of the 14 children whose birthdays we celebrated at the Cuenca Soup Kitchen last Friday. Thanks to Della Barrett, their unicorn dreams came true.


A huge thank you to our generous and loving abuelitas who made magical moments for each of the other 12 children with December birthdays: Kristen Crawford, Jackie Kaperick, Jeannie Chavanne McGann, Mary Jones, Madelaine Barry, Patti Hoffman, Kay Hartjes Brickey, Nancy Galloway, Ruth Bennett, Susanne Greenlee, Franny Hogg, and Barbara Hedrick Curry.

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

Contact us at: info@cuencasoupkitchen.org

More information at: cuencasoupkitchen.org

Thank you,

Des Dizney, Bill O’Brien, and Smith

Cuenca Soup Kitchen Directors

City: Cuenca

Wes the Mentalist at Lucy Grill

Finishing my first 5 months of charity gigs. I look forward to donations to add to the list of $4000 donated in Cuenca and Vilcabamba thus far.

I know what you’re thinking, and the answer is yes.

The question on your mind…will I enjoy an entertaining evening on December 16?

December 16…5:30 PM, $46, Lucy Grill…Chilcabamba, Cuenca.

Wes Elliott: Thementalistwes@gmail.com

Christmas, an opportunity to share

Fundación Crea Tu Espacio, is collecting groceries, clothes, toys, and candy bags to be delivered to families in vulnerability in moving situations. You can make your donations until December 20th.

Cheer up and be part of this great hand of solidarity. For more information, contact us at the numbers 099 011 7152 or 093 924 5119. We’ll wait for your donations at the foundation’s facilities located on Obispo Miguel Leon streets and Cuero y Caicedo streets, by the entrance to La Catolica citadel.

Thank you,

Fundacion Crea Tu Espacio: movilidadhumana1@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Changes to our Christmas Program

Due to increase in COVID cases, nationally, we were required to make some last minute changes to our Christmas Program to protect the vulnerable children we serve.

Dec 16th – Christmas Party for children with severe disabilities
Dec 20th and 21st – Open House at the Foundation. We want to give you an up-close look at what we do. There will be a Christmas Fair and free finger foods will be served. Everyone welcome.
Dec 22nd and Dec 23rd – We will be holding 6 different small parties of 8 families (total of 48) where the children will receive their gifts and food baskets.
From Dec. 16th to 24th, we will be visiting the homes of about 40 children with cancer and bringing them gifts and food.

We are committed to helping 100 families this Christmas, but we are well short of our goal. Your support is desperately needed in the coming days for us to meet all the needs. Thank you for supporting the children at Foundation Hogar de Esperanza (Home of Hope). To donate, you can do it online at:
https://hogaresperanza.org/en/donations/ or you can visit us at Mariscal Sucre 12-84 and Juan Montalvo.

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

City: Cuenca

We have raised $6400 towards our $10K goal

Help make a joyful Christmas at Mujeres Con Exito.

Dear Friends of Mujeres con Ėxito,

As the holidays rapidly approach, we continue to work to meet the needs of the women and children we serve at Cuenca’s only women’s domestic violence safe haven.

Our mothers tell us they need shoes and clothes for their children, so we will add those to the packages with the children’s presents. That adds up to $50 for each child. Considering we have 200 children (including babies and toddlers) that is a whopping $10,000 but we have raised $6400. We will be using sales from these events to fund Christmas:

Carols, Cupcakes and Coffee Event on December 7, from 3 to 5 PM. This event was cancelled due to Covid.

2022 Calendars sales.

And donations from you, our precious patrons.

Please take donations and your saved pennies to Mujeres con Éxito at Balthazar de Calderon 226 y Miguel Velez Monday thru Friday from 9 AM – noon. If you have more than you can carry, we can also arrange for pick up. You can also send your donation by PayPal using mcbsusan@outlook.com, contact us for bank info for direct deposit or bring your donation to one of our events.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your continued support of the children at Casa Maria Amor/Mujeres con Éxito. So many of our children have witnessed violence and experienced trauma. Your help will give them better memories and bring love into their lives this Christmas.

With love and best wishes for the holidays,

Susan and Diana

Dianita Vazquez Bravo: asociacionmujeresconexito@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Open House and Christmas Fair at Hogar de Esperanza

Hogar de Esperanza will be hosting an Open House and Christmas Fair this coming December 20 and 21. Come and tour our facilities. For those who missed our Nov 30 Dinner at Kolo, come and learn more about what we do here at Hogar. We will have local vendors with different products, paintings, organic products, pet products and more.

We still have two spots available so if you like to showcase your products, this is your opportunity.

All the money collected will be for the Hogar de Esperanza Christmas event. Where we are going to donate: toys, food, clothes for about 100 families. Let’s bring hope for those, who is this special time of the year are looking for some peace in their hearts.

Mariscal Sucre 12-84 and Juan Montalvo
You can help us by donating at: https://hogaresperanza.org/en/donations/

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

City: Cuenca

Innocent victim of traffic accident

My name is Rick and I am raising funds for a prothesis for Italo. He lost his lower leg recently when a motorcycle crashed into him while he was waiting to cross the street.

The prothesis costs $6000 so his family is hosting a bingo and hopes to raise $4000 but needs help with the rest.

His son, Max, attends Cetap-Lucy and helps out at the Grill and Bakery Lucy in Chilcapamba.

Cash donations can be picked up by me or you can use gofundme:
https://gofund.me/c195f44d

Gracias,

Rick: smith4r@gmail.com . Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

They make a wish, we make their dreams come true

19-year-old Nixon has kidney failure. He is on the transplant list. From a rural area outside Loja, his family only has an income of $250 per month. That makes it very difficult for them to make frequent trips to Cuenca for treatment, so SOLCA donated him dialysis equipment, and his mother provides the dialysis at home. Nixon has gone from one crisis to the next over the past few years and although suffers from severe depression, he is determined. He cannot do things other boys his age does, and it is frustrating, but he loves music and wants to learn to play the guitar. He hopes to be a singer one day.

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We have raised $6250 towards our $10K goal

Help make a joyful Christmas at Mujeres Con Exito.

Dear Friends of Mujeres con Ėxito,

As the holidays rapidly approach, we continue to work to meet the needs of the women and children we serve at Cuenca’s only women’s domestic violence safe haven.

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The dangers of Km 49

Esperanza Food Bank and Soup Kitchen has been supporting families affected by the crisis at the infamous KM 49 near Molleturo. On Thursday, we went to visit them to discuss their situation and get a firsthand look at the conditions of those affected by the landslides.

62-year-old Anna walked for almost two hours over the mountain peaks to see us. And she was one of the younger ones. Two people have already died falling from the treacherous path that those from the community of Cabos must use to get over the landslide. Eight more have been injured. Twice a week people from the community come to get food and assistance. They have no income. They all work in agriculture and now they are unable to get their vegetables and milk to the markets in Cuenca which sustain them.

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Update on Christmas meals for 35 families – Fundacion Nur

Thank you to those that already supported our initiative to create a special Christmas table for the 35 families that Fundacion Nur supports!

Do you want to be part of this Christmas Gift? Please see the items below that have not been donated yet. You can buy the suggested items and deliver them to us or send the money for us to buy them. What works better for you.

Thank you SO much!

Jam (250g) for 35 families. $39.20
Cocoa for milk (170g). $35.35
Peach preserve (820gr) $76.30 (donated)
Sweet cookies (100g) $27.65 (donated)
Chocolate bar (20g) $14
Kinder chocolate bar x 4 (50g) $45.85
Tuna (170g). $38.50
Pannettone (420g). $72.80 (donated)
Fresh cheese (250g). $56.35
Mortadella (300g).$35.70
Biscotelas (150g). $63
Rice bag (100 lbs). $43
Lentil bag (100 pounds). $63
2 sacks noodles (44 pounds). $40 (donated)
Sack oatmeal (50 pounds). $23

Delivery address of the products: Fundacion Nur, General Antonio Farfán 2-17 between Av de las Americas and Tomas de Heres. Please call before coming.

Monetary donations for the purchase of food through PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/fundacionnur

From Ecuador you can make a deposit to the Savings Account 406119384202 JEP Cooperative in the name of “FUNDACION NUR desarrollo, humano inclusion y solidaridad”. RUC 0190480984001

If you have questions or suggestions, please contact us.

Nela Navarrine: help@fundnur.org 097 937 8786. Call after: 7 AM.

City: Cuenca

Will you make her dream come true?

Little Carolina is just 4-years old. She also has Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. For the past year and 10 months, she has been receiving weekly chemo treatments. Do you want to help her this Christmas and make her dream come true? She wants a Barbie House and a Barbie Doll

We can either buy it for you or we can arrange for you to go visit this sick little girl this Christmas and bring her Christmas gift. This is just one of 100 children with special needs we are helping the Christmas. To sponsor a child you can contact us or you can make a donation at: https://hogaresperanza.org/en/home-2/ Thank you for supporting children in need at Hogar de Esperanza (Home of Hope)

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

City: Cuenca

Thanks to all of you for making dreams come true

A month and a half ago I started writing articles for this medium, where I told the stories behind each of the dreams that we have been fulfilling in this period of time, as well as asked for help for the All Children Deserve to Dream fundraiser for Giving Tuesday

Today I am writing this article to thank everyone who donated to All Children Deserve to dream, last Tuesday, November 30th. Thanks to you we will encourage more children to follow their dreams and achieve all their goals.

The entire Hearts of Gold team is infinitely grateful for the $5,455 we were able to raise thanks to your help.

I also want to thank the people who have helped me in these articles that I have published; thank you for your patience and infinite help, Leita Hulmes and Desmion Dizney.

We hope to start as soon as possible to fulfill more dreams. I will continue to tell you about what we are doing and the stories behind each dream. Thanks to you, Hearts of Gold is still beating and the children are happy.

Camila Moscoso: info@heartsofgoldfoundation.org .

City: Cuenca

Entering Ecuador

Several of us just returned to Ecuador from the USA and other places. When your destination is Ecuador you are required to present proof of vaccination as well as a negative PCR test. We arrived in Guayaquil Sunday morning at 1. Many people were denied boarding due to no proof of vaccine or a negative PCR test within 24 hours of boarding plane. One family had to do a PCR test in Bogata airport, missed their flight and paid $800 to fly on our flight.

We had to present proof of vaccine and PCR negative results 3 different times on the way back to Ecuador. Including upon arrival in Guayaquil airport as well as a tracing document.

No matter your stand to vax or not, you will be stuck inside Ecuador without proof of vaccination and negative PCR.

Joann Mansfield: visaangels@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Real Stories from the Hogar – When collaboration means something

If you were at our recent event, you heard the story of Jhon, Tranisto’s grandson. Several years ago, he watched as his mother fell down a flight of stairs and died. He suffered severe trauma as a result, particularly because he has epilepsy and falls as well. The little boy was afraid to go anywhere as he suffered from frequent episodes and falls. His grandmother, now taking care of him, was unable to get him the medication he needed as the hospital required that he see a child neurologist but neither one was available in the public hospital. The medications he was taking was not helping. We got him in to see a neurologist, properly diagnosed and on the proper medication. He is now a completely different boy. No longer suffers from falls. He is finally losing his fears.

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We have raised $5,452 towards our $10K goal

Help make a joyful Christmas at Mujeres Con Exito

Dear Friends of Mujeres con Ėxito,

As the holidays rapidly approach, we continue to work to meet the needs of the women and children we serve at Cuenca’s only women’s domestic violence safe haven.

Our mothers tell us they need shoes and clothes for their children, so we will add those to the packages with the children’s presents. That adds up to $50 for each child. Considering we have 200 children (including babies and toddlers) that is a whopping $10,000 but we have raised $3000. We will be using sales from these events to fund Christmas:

Carols, Cupcakes and Coffee Event on December 7, from 3 to 5 PM. This event has been cancelled.

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3-year-old girl with cirrhosis

Hi everybody, I was surfing on the web, and found this sad story about a little girl. She is 3-years-old, and has end-stage cirrhosis; her liver is completely damaged. She is admitted to the hospital Vicente Corral Moscoso, in the intensive care room.

There is the link. You can watch the video about her, and if you want to collaborate or donate something you can contact her father 098 192 3232

Banco Pichincha account #2204379586
Name de Nasly Yulieth Ospina.
ID: 1756178420.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1801507486745190/permalink/3216611855234739/

Andrea: andreaestefaniapaucar@gmail.com 099 928 9224. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Did you know that…

…Esperanza (Hope) Food Bank and Soup Kitchen is Cuenca’s oldest and most continuous food bank? Our mission has not changed from the first day we opened in November, 2017. We provide food to the vulnerable and meals to those who are hungry. During the height of the pandemic, we fearlessly continued to operate and provided over 80,000 meals. We are also committed to helping communities outside of Cuenca.

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We have raised $4,830 towards our $10K goal

Help make a joyful Christmas at Mujeres Con Exito

Dear Friends of Mujeres con Ėxito,

As the holidays rapidly approach, we continue to work to meet the needs of the women and children we serve at Cuenca’s only women’s domestic violence safe haven.

Our mothers tell us they need shoes and clothes for their children, so we will add those to the packages with the children’s presents. That adds up to $50 for each child. Considering we have 200 children (including babies and toddlers) that is a whopping $10,000 but we have raised $3000. We will be using sales from these events to fund Christmas:

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Candies, cookies, toys and more…

Christmas is coming and we want you to be part of our project.
Hogar de Esperanza foundation will be delivering candy bags to the children who are part of the foundation.

For this we require candies, cookies and some toys. Join our cause by donating one of these items. Let’s give happiness to the children in this Christmas season.

Fernando: wolfefer@gmail.com 099 866 2152. Call after: 7 AM.

City: Cuenca

Mujeres Con Exito Carols, Cupcakes and Coffee event cancelled

Dearest friends,

The new Omicron strain has caused concern among national health experts. President Lasso has implemented new guidelines effective December 1. We hope that these new guidelines will help make Covid more manageable.

So, with great sadness we have decided to cancel the Carols, Cupcakes and Coffee thank you event planned for December 7th. We have been waiting so long to meet again and share our gratitude with you for all the support that you have given us especially during Covid, however, your health is always our priority.

Our kitchen staff has prepared very special recipes full of gratitude and affection for you, and we want you to enjoy them. We invite you to come by on Tuesday, December 7, from 8 to noon and pick up some of treats to take and enjoy at home. We will be waiting for you.

If you have pennies or donations you would like to drop off, or if you would like to purchase a 2022 calendar, please stop by Monday through Friday from 8 AM to Noon.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts,

Susan and Diana

Dianita Vazquez Bravo: asociacionmujeresconexito@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Thirty five special Christmas meals, Fundacion Nur

Can you help us with the purchase of food for the 35 families that Fundacion Nur supports?

You can buy the suggested items and deliver them to us or send the money for us to buy them. What works better for you? Thank you very much.

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HKIE Concert, postponed

Just as a reminder, this Saturday’s concert at La Yunta has been postponed to early 2022. We look forward putting the concert on at a time that is more convenient for attendance, thank you for your understanding.

Deb Davis: DebDavisMusic@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

We have raised $3000 towards our $10K goal

Help make a joyful Christmas at Mujeres Con Exito

Dear Friends of Mujeres con Ėxito,

As the holidays rapidly approach, we continue to work to meet the needs of the women and children we serve at Cuenca’s only women’s domestic violence safe haven.

Our mothers tell us they need shoes and clothes for their children, so we will add those to the packages with the children’s presents. That adds up to $50 for each child. Considering we have 200 children (including babies and toddlers) that is a whopping $10,000 but we have raised $3000. We will be using sales from these events to fund Christmas:

Garage sale, December 4, from 9 AM to 1 PM,

READ more…

Keep Cuenca Beautiful, call for another Minga

This coming Saturday, December 4th. we will have another Minga and will be working along Calle Larga; the meeting point will be at “Bajada del Padrón” on Calle Padre Aguirre.

We are calling all the volunteers who want to be part of the enhancement of this already beautiful city which we choose to be our “Home away from Home”.

Need more information? Please contact JT Neira at 098 662 8710 and don’t forget to bring your own supplies.

See you on Saturday.

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

City: Cuenca

You can give joy to a child this Christmas

Reminder.

I continue to request support for the collection of new or used toys (in good condition), clothes or whatever you want to support to celebrate the Christmas party of 210 children who organize the Fundación Amor a La Vida, who work with the indigenous community from Carabuela, Otavalo. I thank the people who have generously contributed to this cause.

For collecting your donations, please write me by email, WhatsApp or Telegram and we can coordinate the delivery.

Details about the Children Christmas party:

– Date: December 19th, 2021.
– Place: Fundacion Amor a La Vida, Carabuela, Canton Otavalo, Imbabura Province
– Donations will be sending between December 15th and 17th.

On this link you can see the video of the Christmas party:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ka0uB0rhwgwUwmzwJRKXa5FbXEgEWGRG/view?usp=drivesdk

Andres Batres: buenavida.jetzt@gmail.com 099 328 5714. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Build big, build opportunities by Fundacion Crea Tu Espacio

“The reactivation is still very slow for children, adolescents, young people and women in human mobility and vulnerability” we must continue taking care of and comprehensively support their fundamental rights.

We need your help to provide support in education, technology, food, rent, grooming kits, medications, psychological care that will allow their improvement and quality of life. Can we count on you?

Enter here https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/build-big-build-opportunities/ click and donate; it is a great opportunity to leave our mark in this world. We change the world through these little actions

If you live in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, you should know that your donations are recognized by the state for tax discounts.

Fundacion Crea Tu Espacio

Giving Tuesday

Hearts of Gold has a new important mission and we need everyone’s help. Ccurrently we have a big campaign and it is all about fulfilling our children dreams, we want to encourage them to set short, medium and long term goals, so they would have amazing opportunities in their lives, that’s why we´re inviting you to the GivingTuesday Campaign on November 30th, through our Global Giving page.

Every year GlobalGiving matches our contributions. For example, if we get a $100 donation we can get a $100 match. The GlobalGiving´s Funds are limited, so we need your help as fast as you can, so our chances to get a special match are bigger. We hope you can help in making a big impact in our society and specifically in our children because we know you have a big Heart of Gold.

If you have any question you can write to the email below or the social networks of Hearts of Gold.

Here´s our link to our Global Giving webpage: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/all-children-deserve-to-dream/

We count on your giving heart.

Camila Moscoso: morellana@heartsofgoldfoundation.org .

City: Cuenca

November 30th – Giving Tuesday

From midnight to midnight, Tuesday, November 30th, is Giving Tuesday. Please join Hearts of Gold in helping poor children realize a dream through our “All Children Deserve to Dream” program. Global Giving will match any donation up to $2500.

So please dig deep, my generous friends, and help provide the funds for another child to realize a dream. Then you, too, can feel the joy of having a heart of gold.

http://heartsofgoldfoundation.org/all-children-deserve-to-dream/ and hit the donate button.

Leita Hulmes: 099 194 4086. Call after: 10 AM.

City: Cuenca

Don’t miss tonight

Tonight, Tuesday, November 30th, we are showcasing what we do and why. There will be a short presentation where you will hear the director’s personal story as to why Hogar de Esperanza was founded, where it is today, and what the vision for the future is. You will have the opportunity to stroll around an exhibition of all the services we provide, and you will get to meet many of the volunteers and staff of the foundation and ask questions.

We invite you to join us for an enjoyable and inspirational evening. Reservations are required as space is limited. All proceeds from the event will go to support our Christmas Program. This event will be held at Kolo’s from 6 – 8 PM. The cost is $35 per person. We are grateful to our co-sponsors, RadiantSkin Spa, Deb Davis, Kolo’s, Café Don Aurelio, Vino San Geronimo, Tutto Freddo. There will be a door prize from RadiantSkin Spa. Contact us to make a reservation.

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

City: Cuenca

Looking for options this Giving Tuesday? We have a few

At Hogar de Esperanza (Home of Hope) we can put to good use any items you no longer need. Through our Esperanza Thrift Shop we can sell them to raise funds for our work or we donate them to those in need. If you need us to pick up the items, contact us. Our Thrift Shop is located at Juan Montalvo 8-18 and Mariscal Sucre.

You can pay your bills at our Expat Services Center. Through this service, the commissions we receive goes back into the foundation. The Expat Services Center is located at Mariscal Sucre 12-84 and Juan Montalvo.

If you want to make a donation to support our work, you can do so in person or online 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

When the clock strikes midnight…

…the Cuenca Soup Kitchen has one day – a 24 hour window – to receive matches from a $1,000,000 incentive fund. When your donation is matched, its impact grows!

You can help by choosing one of the two following options:

1. New monthly donors will be matched 100% on their first donation (up to $200)
Or
2. Donations up to $2,500 will receive incentive funds

These opportunities go live at midnight tonight, November 30th.

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Cindy Benson, live!

One more reason to come to the Mujeres Con Exito thank you event: Carols, Cupcakes and Coffee. Cindy is Cuenca’s own Broadway diva. If you haven’t seen her perform, you are in for a special treat.

Join us December 7th from 3 to 5 PM at Mujeres Con Exito.

We care about your safety. We will be following Covid protocol recommendations. Please wear your mask unless you are seated, eating or drinking. If you have a suppressed immune system, please consider wear a double mask or adding a shield to your mask.

Debby Larsen: mcereservations2019@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

A Cuenca Soup Kitchen Potluck Thanksgiving, thank you

Thank you to Consul General Brian Quigley, his wife, Cynthia and their children for joining the Cuenca Soup Kitchen volunteers, supporters, and of course, our partner – Hearts of Gold – for such a lovely Thanksgiving celebration!

Thanks to all of the volunteers for providing so much wonderful food and dessert that we were able to donate some of it to our beneficiaries, thank you to Rosana Malo who donated the beautiful flowers, and thank you to Margie Grillo who donated the Christmas decorations and created the beautiful Christmas trees.

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Real Stories from the Hogar- Can’t find your way home?

Do you know what happens to those with dementia, here in Cuenca, if they wander away from home and cannot find their way back? Where does 9-11 call when they have such an emergency? Did you know that Foundation Hogar de Esperanza (Home of Hope) is the only foundation here in Cuenca that can provide a complete range of services for those lost? Regularly, 9-11 and the police call upon us to help those lost or homeless.

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We are laying it all bare for you to see

Ever wonder what the non-profit you support really does? It can be confusing as non-profits are notorious for hiding the truth. We have all heard the stories. The success and strength of any organization is determined by what motivates it and the commitment of those involved with the organization. The story behind it. I believe and I am sure you do as well, that when you support any organization, you need to ask, why does it exist? What inspires it? What does it do with my donations? Where is it going?

On Tuesday, November 30th, we are showcasing what we do and why. There will be a short presentation where you will hear the director’s personal story as to why Hogar de Esperanza was founded, where it is today, and what the vision for the future is. You will have the opportunity to stroll around an exhibition of all the services we provide, and you will get to meet many of the volunteers and staff of the foundation and ask questions.

We invite you to join us for an enjoyable and inspirational evening. Reservations are required as space is limited. All proceeds from the event will go to support our Christmas Program. This event will be held at Kolo’s from 6 – 8 PM. The cost is $35 per person and includes, dinner, wine, dessert and entertainment by Deb Davis. We are grateful to our co-sponsors, Radiant Spa, Deb Davis, Kolo’s, Café Don Aurelio, Vino San Geronimo, Tutto Freddo. There will be a door prize from Radiant Spa.

Contact us to make a reservation,

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

City: Cuenca

We are laying it all bare for you to see

Ever wonder what the non-profit you support really does? It can be confusing as non-profits are notorious for hiding the truth. We have all heard the stories. The success and strength of any organization is determined by what motivates it and the commitment of those involved with the organization. The story behind it. I believe and I am sure you do as well, that when you support any organization, you need to ask, why does it exist? What inspires it? What does it do with my donations? Where is it going?

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You can give joy to a child this Christmas

For the 3rd consecutive year, I request your support for collecting new or used toys (in good condition), clothing or with what you want to support to celebrate the Christmas party for 210 children who organize the Fundación Amor a La Vida, who work with the indigenous community of Carabuela, Otavalo.

For collecting your donations, please write me by email, WhatsApp or Telegram and we can coordinate the delivery.

Details about the Children Christmas party:

– Date: December 19th, 2021.
– Place: Fundacion Amor a La Vida, Carabuela, Canton Otavalo, Imbabura Province
– Donations will be sending between December 15th and 17th.

On this link you can see the video of the Christmas party:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ka0uB0rhwgwUwmzwJRKXa5FbXEgEWGRG/view?usp=drivesdk

Andres Batres: buenavida.jetzt@gmail.com 099 328 5714. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

This year we are doing something different

Join us for an exciting evening of dinner and entertainment with Deb Davis in support of Foundation Hogar de Esperanza. Throughout the year we do various events that profile some of the issues we deal with. As December 1st is World Aids Day, this event will profile some of our work with HIV. While the need for HIV care in Ecuador is a high priority, by sheer necessity our services have expanded to include much broader issues: homelessness, hunger, etc.

On November 30th, we are showcasing what we do and why. There will be a short presentation where you will hear the director’s personal story as to why Hogar de Esperanza was founded, where it is today, and what the vision for the future is. You will have the opportunity to stroll around an exhibition of all the services we provide, and you will get to meet many of the volunteers and staff of the foundation.

We invite you to join us for an enjoyable and inspirational evening. Reservations are required as space is limited. All proceeds from the event will go to support our Christmas Program. This event will be held at Kolo’s from 6 – 8 PM. The cost is $35 per person. We are grateful to our co-sponsors, Radiant Spa, Deb Davis, Kolo’s, Café Don Aurelio, Vino San Geronimo, Tutto Freddo. There will be a door prize from Radiant Spa. Contact us to make a reservation.

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

City: Cuenca

Please help feed very hungry families in Ricaurte

Those very poorest are the last to recover from the covid crisis. Some friends and I have worked hard to collect food and money to buy food every 4-6 weeks for the poorest 13 families. We take rice, lentils, and tuna to them, and some chocolate for the children.

You may contribute to my paypal at LiveFoodFactor@yahoo.com, or I can meet you somewhere, downtown or at your place.

The people are ever so grateful that the gringos have not forgotten them. Many of them go without food, including their children, for days at a stretch.

Susan Schenck, Cuenca resident for over 11 years.

City: Cuenca

Help make a joyful Christmas at Mujeres Con Exito

Dear Friends of Mujeres con Ėxito,

As the holidays rapidly approach, we continue to work to meet the needs of the women and children we serve at Cuenca’s only women’s domestic violence safe haven.

Our mothers tell us they need shoes and clothes for their children, so we will add those to the packages with the children’s presents. That adds up to $50 for each child. Considering we have 200 children (including babies and toddlers) that is a whopping $10,000 but we have raised $2400. We will be using sales from these events to fund Christmas:

Garage Sale, December 4, from 9 AM to 1 PM,

Read more…

A great man killed and a possibility for the offender to go free

A dear friend of mine was walking down the sidewalk in El Centro on Saturday night and was run over and killed by a drunk driver who hopped the curb and crushed him with his car. The driver of the car initially fled but was caught a couple blocks from the scene and apprehended by police. The offender was found to have alcohol in his system. The offender from a wealthy family and has prior charges for DWI in 2013, 2014 and 2016.

This time though, he killed a good man with his irresponsible actions. Even facing this new horrendous charge, by hiring one of the best lawyers in Ecuador, he was able to be released the next day, with only an ankle monitor. While we have a group of people that will be meeting with the prosecutor of the case, tomorrow, to push for the full punishment of the law and to get justice for our dear friend, Henry Bautista.

Read more…

Wes…donations top $3600

Thanks to the generous contributors in Cuenca and Vilcabamba.

On the night of November 19, donations to the Cuenca Soup Kitchen came in at over $1400. Special thanks to people of sufficiency and generosity.

The patrons and owners of Tutto Matto Pizzeria, Common Grounds, Santorino, La Yunta, The Blue Car in Vilcabamba, and KOLO Restaurant have helped Hogar de Esperanza, Help Me to Help, New Life, and the Cuenca Soup Kitchen to make it possible for hundreds of needy Ecuadorians to receive much needed assistance.

Wes Elliott: Thementalistwes@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Wes was right…

…he said it would be a great fundraiser and it was! Thank you for the excellent entertainment, Wes.

Thank you Frank Gonzalez and Kolo Restaurant and Bakery, for being an impeccable host and donating all the food for this event.

Thank you Gary Cross and the Cuenca English Lions Club Group, for the significant support. It will make a huge difference.

And thanks to all of you supporters and volunteers for helping our neighbors work towards a better future.

Finally, thank you to our fabulous volunteers who spent their Friday evening making it all happen: Barbara Hedrick Curry, Gary Curry, Pam Frederickson Kaperick, and Paul Kaperick.

Thank you,

Des Dizney, Bill O’Brien, and Smith

https://www.cuencasoupkitchen.org/

Cuenca Soup Kitchen Directors: info@cuencasoupkitchen.org .

City: Cuenca

Dear Friend of Mujeres con Ėxito,

As the holidays rapidly approach, we continue to work to meet the needs of the women and children we serve.

Every year we learn new things about the culture of our adopted country. Did you know that children in Ecuador receive only one gift for Christmas? And only if their families are able. Such a striking difference from the materialism of the US at holiday time! Our goal this year is to honor that tradition and help the women in our program provide a wonderful Christmas.

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Real Stories from Hogar – Reuniting

She escaped from Colombia a long time ago with her daughter, Soraida. Here in Cuenca, Anna got into a relationship with a local taxi driver and had a son, Juan Luis. The relationship did not last long, and Anna moved and lived on her own with her daughter. However, Soraida had significant physical and emotional challenges relating to her environment. Soraida and her mother received no assistance from her ex-partner and has no other family.

During the crisis, Soraida’s situation became critical, and her case was brought to us by the Municipality. We developed a plan whereby she would be admitted to hospital for three months and then she would come and live at the foundation as we monitored treatment. It would mean complete isolation from her family and then a slow integration as she became stabilized.

Over the past few months, we have been working on family re-integration. Her half-brother stays with his father during the week as his father supports him with his studies and he stays with his mother on the weekends. Soraida has been staying with them on the weekends and is now up to four days a week with her mother and brother and three days at the foundation. We have helped her mother move to a more suitable location and provided furniture so this family re-unification can happen.

Foundation Hogar de Esperanza takes a holistic approach to solving problems. Anna works part-time and we support her with food and medications as she works on creating a stable home environment for her children. Soriada is now happy again. We have also been working with governmental agencies to legalize her status in Ecuador. To support our work in re-uniting families, you can do so at: https://www.givingway.com/donate/fundacion-hogar-de-esperanza

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

City: Cuenca

You can give joy to a child this Christmas

For the 3rd consecutive year, I request your support for collecting new or used toys (in good condition), clothing or with what you want to support to celebrate the Christmas party for 210 children who organize the Fundación Amor a La Vida, who work with the indigenous community of Carabuela, Otavalo.

For collecting your donations, please write me by email, WhatsApp or Telegram and we can coordinate the delivery.

Details about the Children Christmas party:

– Date: December 19th, 2021.
– Place: Fundacion Amor a La Vida, Carabuela, Canton Otavalo, Imbabura Province
– Donations will be sending between December 15th and 17th.

On this link you can see the video of the Christmas party:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ka0uB0rhwgwUwmzwJRKXa5FbXEgEWGRG/view?usp=drivesdk

Andres Batres: buenavida.jetzt@gmail.com 099 328 5714. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

You can give joy to a child this Christmas

For the 3rd consecutive year, I request your support for collecting new or used toys (in good condition), clothing or with what you want to support to celebrate the Christmas party for 210 children who organize the Fundación Amor a La Vida, who work with the indigenous community of Carabuela, Otavalo.

For collecting your donations, please write me by email, WhatsApp or Telegram and we can coordinate the delivery.

Details about the Children Christmas party:

– Date: December 19th, 2021.
– Place: Fundacion Amor a La Vida, Carabuela, Canton Otavalo, Imbabura Province
– Donations will be sending between December 15th and 17th.

This link you can see the video of the Christmas party:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ka0uB0rhwgwUwmzwJRKXa5FbXEgEWGRG/view?usp=drivesdk

Andres Batres: buenavida.jetzt@gmail.com 099 328 5714. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

A little fairy godmother

I am excited to tell you about the last dream we fulfilled just yesterday. Our fairy godmother this time, was someone relatively young, 12-year old Paola. She was willing to fulfill the dream of a boy named Luis Miguel, who had not been able to study during the last two years of the pandemic; not because he did not want or did not like to study, but rather because he never had the means to continue his education.

Paola was surprised that this is the situation of many vulnerable children. So, she decided to look for a computer to donate. With full support of his parents and the help of Hearts of Gold, a special moment was organized. The day came for Luis Miguel to receive a big surprise.

Luis Miguel arrived with his mother at the Hearts of Gold offices, where his new computer, some snacks and an arrangement of balloons were waiting for him to celebrate that he could finally go back to school. They blindfolded him and then, when he opened his eyes and saw what it was, he couldn’t contain his emotions. His mother even cried because of the great gesture Paola had made towards her son. She said she could never have imagined that someone would have this kind of gift for them.

I personally really like this story because after the delivery I talked to Paola, and the way she sees things now has changed drastically! Now she is much more grateful for what she has and is committed to continue helping the most vulnerable.

Camila Moscoso: morellana@heartsofgoldfoundation.org .

City: Cuenca

This year we are doing something different.

For five years we have been providing services to those affected by HIV in Ecuador. While the need for HIV care in Ecuador is a high priority, by sheer necessity our services have expanded to include much broader issues: homelessness, hunger, etc.

On November 30th, we are showcasing what we do and why. You will hear the director’s personal story as to why Hogar de Esperanza was founded, where it is today, and what the vision for the future is. There will be an exhibition of all the services we provide and you will get to meet many of the volunteers and staff of the foundation.

We invite you to join us and our special guests for an enjoyable and inspirational evening. Reservations are required as space is limited. All proceeds from the event will go to support our Christmas Program. This event will be held at Kolo’s and will include dinner, a glass of wine and entertainment by Deb Davis.

For reservations, email us to receive menu options and more information.

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

City: Cuenca

You can give joy to a child this Christmas

For the 3rd consecutive year, I request your support for collecting new or used toys (in good condition), clothing or with what you want to support to celebrate the Christmas party for 210 children who organize the Fundación Amor a La Vida, who work with the indigenous community of Carabuela, Otavalo.

For collecting your donations please write me by email, WhatsApp or Telegram and we can coordinate the delivery.

Details about the Children Christmas party:

– Date: December 19th, 2021.
– Place: Fundacion Amor a La Vida, Carabuela, Canton Otavalo, Imbabura Province
– Donations will be sending between December 15th and 17th.

This link you can see the video of the Christmas party:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ka0uB0rhwgwUwmzwJRKXa5FbXEgEWGRG/view?usp=drivesdk

Andres Batres: buenavida.jetzt@gmail.com 099 328 5714. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

There are only 4 shopping days left…

…but this is still time to visit the Cuenca Soup Kitchen Angel Tree and make the wishes of the children we feed come true.

The link is: https://www.cuencasoupkitchen.org/event

There are only a few wishes left to grant. Some wishes are specific like a princess costume for a six-year-old girl or a pair of size 37 shoes for a 13-year-old boy.

Some wishes are more general like the 17 children who wished for nothing more than a soccer ball.

If you would like to grant a small wish for one of these children please go to:

https://www.cuencasoupkitchen.org/event

If you would rather not do the shopping yourself, we will do it for you – just choose the cash option.

Please deliver all gifts by Friday. Directions are on the link.

So many of you have taken the children of the Cuenca Soup Kitchen under your wings. Thank you!

Des, Bill, and Smith
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Cuenca Soup Kitchen Directors: info@cuencasoupkitchen.org .

City: Cuenca

Real stories from the Hogar – 3 out of 10?

Here at Hogar de Esperanza (Home of Hope) every day we have many who come to us looking for help. This past week was particularly challenging with some extremely difficult cases. It is estimated that 3 out of 10 Ecuadorians do not have enough income to buy food. Our foodbank and soup kitchen tries to meet the needs of those most vulnerable. Often we think just about food, but when there is such extreme poverty, it has a profound effect on the children and they often go without the basics. We try our best to pay special attention to the needs of the children.

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Eat at Kolo and feed others

Frank and Wes the Mentalist want to treat you to a free dinner on November 19th. The drinks are on you. The envelopes for your generous contributions to the Cuenca Soup Kitchen will be on your tables.

Sleight of mind, not sleight of hand. Skeptics welcome. Enjoy an hour or so of mystery and fun.

All new show with new, specially-engineered sound system.

It doesn’t take a mind ready to know that you will always have a great time and a great meal at Kolo so reserve your table, enjoy Wes and his show, and support the Cuenca Soup Kitchen. Make your reservations now.

Des, Bill, and Smith

Cuenca Soup Kitchen Directors: info@cuencasoupkitchen.org .

City: Cuenca

Dear Friends of Mujeres con Ėxito

As the holidays rapidly approach, we continue to work to meet the needs of the women and children we serve.

Every year we learn new things about the culture of our adopted country. Did you know that children in Ecuador receive only one gift for Christmas? And only if their families are able. Such a striking difference from the materialism of the US at holiday time. Our goal this year is to honor that tradition and help the women in our program provide a wonderful Christmas.

Our school supplies drive was an overwhelming success, but we must return to you, our dear friends and supporters, to ensure the children in our program have a magical Christmas.

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Get to know us

One of the questions we most often get asked is, “What do you do?” Scott Cushing of Covering Creative Cuenca is helping us with a series of videos which helps answer those questions. At Foundation Hogar de Esperanza, transparency and effective use of your donations is important to us.

We encourage you to watch our recent video with SaraLee, our food bank coordinator at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUTafUIUczw&t=9s You can also watch our previous videos from our YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDn-r8qb07cp3xWvPLheuYA . To listen to our podcast with Scott: https://creativecuenca.libsyn.com/episode-eighteen-garry-vatcher-hogar-de-esperanza

To donate to our work, you can find donation options at: https://hogaresperanza.org/en/donations/ . Thank you for supporting our work. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

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

City: Cuenca

Help us put a bow on this project

There are only a few wishes left to grant before we can wrap this project up and put a bow on it.

Some wishes are specific like a princess costume for a six-year-old girl or a pair of size 37 shoes for a 13-year-old boy.

Some wishes are more general like the 17 children who wished for nothing more than a soccer ball.

If you would like to grant a small wish for one of these children please go to: https://www.cuencasoupkitchen.org/event

If you would rather not do the shopping yourself, we will do it for you – just choose the cash option.

So many of you have taken the children of the Cuenca Soup Kitchen under your wings. Thank you!

Des, Bill, and Smith

Cuenca Soup Kitchen Directors

City: Cuenca

Keep Cuenca Beautiful

To all keep Cuenca Beautiful volunteers: We will have a minga this Saturday, November 13th, however, if you want to participate, please call 098 662 8710 because the place has not been confirmed as of yet.

Please, be ready to work and, in case you need some supplies, please let us know when you call. Your participation will be very appreciated.

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

City: Cuenca

Fundraising Gala Dinner – Cetap-Lucy

Fundraising Gala Dinner to raise money for gifts and supplies for the challenged children at CETAP LUCY Foundation. A bus will pick people up at 5:30 PM in El Centro. The menu will be incredible. $46 per person including a glass of wine and live music. 

December 16th at the new Lucy Grill, in Chilcapamba.  

For reservations or donations for a child’s dinner. 
Contact  
Franny Hogg 
093 929 7017 
Rocio 
099 673 6305

City: Cuenca

Please donate your old or damaged DVDs or CDs

We are collecting old or damaged DVDs and CDs for an ART project in “La Casa de la Cultura”

We can arrange for pick up or drop off.

Needed by this Friday, November 12th. Thank you for the support!

Truly yours,

Veronica Molina: garasa.diseno@gmail.com 099 993 6392. Call after: 1 PM.

City: Cuenca

It starts on Monday, the 15th

Foundation Hogar de Esperanza will be holding another garage sale to support those in need. We need your help. The more items we receive the more we can help. All donations are welcome, you can drop them off at the foundation, or we can pick them up. Clothing, furniture, appliances, whatever you no longer need. Let’s get a smile on the faces of those who depend on us. Juan Montalvo 8-18 and Mariscal Sucre.

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

City: Cuenca
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