A new home for 20 poor Andean families in Ecuador

by IBO ITALIA
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A new home for 20 poor Andean families in Ecuador
A new home for 20 poor Andean families in Ecuador
A new home for 20 poor Andean families in Ecuador
A new home for 20 poor Andean families in Ecuador
A new home for 20 poor Andean families in Ecuador
A new home for 20 poor Andean families in Ecuador
A new home for 20 poor Andean families in Ecuador
A new home for 20 poor Andean families in Ecuador
A new home for 20 poor Andean families in Ecuador
A new home for 20 poor Andean families in Ecuador
A new home for 20 poor Andean families in Ecuador
A new home for 20 poor Andean families in Ecuador
A new home for 20 poor Andean families in Ecuador
A new home for 20 poor Andean families in Ecuador
A new home for 20 poor Andean families in Ecuador
A new home for 20 poor Andean families in Ecuador
A new home for 20 poor Andean families in Ecuador
Work in progress: a new roof is being erected
Work in progress: a new roof is being erected

Dear Globalgiving friends and donors,

our project "A new home for 20 Andean families“ has come to conclusion, though our fundraising goal has been partially reached.

IBO Italia’s intervention was part of a wider program – "Active cooperation on the Andes“, sponsored by CEI (Italian Episcopal Conference), having the goal of increasing socio-economic inclusion of young Andeans living in rural areas of Ecuador.

At the end of December 2014, the overall program has been completed, implying that our project, as a part of it, should terminate as well.

We are happy to share some major accomplishments we have achieved with YOU:

  • build from scratch or restore the homes of the poorest families in the area
  • increase among local youth the awareness about solidarity, cooperation and volunteer work to help those in need in one’s community

We employed the last funds received to improve dramatically some housings in Angamarca area: kitchens’ ventilation, windows and doors replacement, roofs restoration.

Thanks to your donations and volunteer work offered by local youth, more than 10 housings were made better, offering a healthier and warmer living condition.

We want to thank all of our friends, who have contributed in many ways to this exciting project: by donating, asking for information, spreading word about it, giving suggestions …

We also thank Globalgiving organization and staff, who has allowed us reaching out to this amazing community.

If you wish, you may give a look at another project we are running in Huaycan, Peru: Guarantee education for 120 peruan deprived kids. Or stay tuned for more news from IBO Italia!

¡Hasta pronto! See you soon!

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Meal preparation
Meal preparation

This report is coming straight from Angamarca, Cotopaxi, Ecuador.

Ester is our volunteer living in Cotopaxi, where our project is active. She shares every single day with the families in the area, assisting them with basic medical care. Here she tells about just a normal day.

“Today it’s hot. We are having some wind, yet not as much as they say we’ll have next month. My day starts with the incoming news about a house that got burnt in the night. The large family which lived in it has lost everything: they only have the dresses they wore at the moment. The fire wasn’t completely extinguished, the mother went with the kids to visit a deceased, and when they were back they found only four bare walls.

Today I’m going to visit an old lady living not too far from Angamarca. As soon as I approach her house, I can see Dorilla cutting wood with a machete. She points to a wooden bench where I can sit, but first she lays a sack on it, in case it were dirty. She prepares her meals on the fire; I help her lighting it, since she struggles with the matches I gave her: she has little paper and the wood is thick. I tear some pages out of my notebook and finally the wood burns.

As usual, smoke gets in my eyes and I start shedding tears. Finally, our meal is ready – rice and egg; the pots are blackened by smoke just as the “kitchen” walls are - there’s not a real kitchen. We have lunch in dishes contradicting any pretense of hygiene, yet the food is good. Before I go, I give her a shot of painkiller for her aching legs.

In the afternoon I go back to Angamarca: more patients are waiting for me, my days go by so fast … and there are so many stories yet to tell."

A woman in Cotopaxi region braiding her hair
A woman in Cotopaxi region braiding her hair
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Senora Julia's home
Senora Julia's home

Dear Global Giving's friends,

a few days ago we went to attend Señora Julia, a sweet grandmother of 8 grandchildren and we don't know how many years she has got. She belongs to Saraguro, one of the 18 native population living in Ecuador and officially accepted by Consejo Nacional de Desarollo de las Nacionalidades y Pueblos del Ecuador. The mains characteristics of this population are their necklaces and their arms with many coulorated grains, the black hat with a singular bowler form, the dresses with manual embroidery and their hair that they comb in a long plait. This is the typical hair-style for women and men, too.

A short time ago, Senora Julia, is left a widow. Her husband was Don Angel, and inside the pueblo everybody thought that he was a great farmer and all the people knew that all this family lived thanks Don Angel's work, specially since Señora Julia lost her sight.

Now she isn't yet self-sufficient and she can't yet trust on her husband's help, so she will be forced to move to another house, near the son's house. In this way Señora Julia can be helped for her daily needs by her daughter in law and by her grandchildren.

As you can see with your eyes, the house needs restructurings. In the kitchen, in fact, there are a wall and a part of the root that are broken.

It doesn't take much to help our friend Julia and if you do it, you will help her grandchildren too so they will drink the famous marzamorra* once more time.

*Marzamorra is a traditional local dish of the Andean zone. It is a dessert of native origin and it is composed of white corn and sugar and it has an hight nutritional count.

son's home
son's home
Senora Julia
Senora Julia
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Dear Friends of Global Giving,

we are carrying on with our commitment to guarantee a respectable home to the poorest families of Cotopaxi region, in Ecuador, and the results we are achieving remind us how much we could still do for these people.

This time we are in the Parroquia Rural de Angamarca, 5 hours north from the capital Quito.

We left the asphalt a couple of hours ago already, now it's the turn of the pure carretera, dirt road in the mountains, a lot of bends and no safety.

Angamarca is a small pueblo in the Ecuadorean sierra andina, populated by approximately 800-1000 people. Nevertheless, its territory extends far beyond the village and includes caserios (small groups of houses) that you can only reach on foot, after long walks.

Chistilan is one of them: we leave in the early morning, at 8 o'clock, and we reached our destination at 12. Of course, the way could have lasted much less with well-trained legs and lungs used to this altitude... but we do with what we've got!

Elvia, a 14-years-old young girl with all the features of an experienced woman, lives in the páramo (a moor in the highest mountain ridge) with her mother and four brothers. Not a trace of a father figure, as frequent in the Ecuadorean society.

Although there is still a strong bond in these communities - even the smallest one democratically elects its delegates, representing the community before the neighbouring ones and the institutions -, this family lives isolated from the nearest community, Chistilan. To get there, we still have to walk for an hour and reach an altitude of around 4000 metres.

Elvia, her mum and her four little brothers have always lived in a choza, the typical home of these areas, made of mud walls and a thatched roof that has to be rebuilt every year, at the end of the rainy season.

But things will change soon for the family: a new home is waiting for them. It is built using adobes (typical bricks of the Andean areas, made of mud and straw, that keep the heat in the house surprisingly well), divided into two rooms (so that they can sleep in one of the spaces and light the fire and cook in the other one), and with a real roof, created with beams and laminates.

The new house is almost finished and this goal could not have been achieved without the precious help of the whole Chistilan community, that, according to the tradition, has solidarily participated in the construction, engaging in some days of collective work, called minga. When we went to see them, only the last wooden boards were missing: they had to be carried from Chistilan to the house by a tired donkey that will probably retire after this hard labour.

During the way back, with the calves aching because of the steep slope, we met at least four families asking for help, and their houses proved that they need it...

Elvia and her family thank you very much for your great support, but what about the others? How much you can still do?

Saludos desde Angamarca!

El paramo
El paramo
La choza + la nuova casa
La choza + la nuova casa
Vista di Chistilan dalla casa.
Vista di Chistilan dalla casa.
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Andean landscape
Andean landscape

After a few months from the launch of our project on Global Giving platform, here are the first achieved results! And sorry once again for the delay!

Thanks to the first donations received, we are providing for the enlargement of Doña Victoria e Don Delfín's home; she is 78 and he is 83, at least it is what their old minds can remeber. They live with the outcome of a little land that surround their home and with their seven sheeps. They live in a pueblo of about 3000 people, included the inhabitans of the 14 surrounding rural communities. The nearest city is far three hours by car.

Victoria and Delfin's home has presently two rooms: one for sleeping and one used as a store for land products and work tools, but with our, and YOUR help, now they will be able to have a real kitchen with external ventilation, avoiding to cook in the same room where they go to sleep. The two elderly people already have the "adobes" ( the mud and straw briks typical of Andean homes), but only thanks to your donations it was possible for them to receive the free manpower and provide for the purchase of tiles. One italian guy, OMG volunteer, is engaged in the kitchen's building with the help of a little team: one "maestro", expert briklayer and two guys from Guanazàn. Instead, the tiles have been made by the artisans of the cooperative that is in the pueblo, who, once every two week, work as volunteers for poor people. We would also provide for the repair of the present roof, which is quite weak on the left side, by changing the tiles. Timbers needed for the roof building will be recycled from a little home never terminated, set just a little higher and belonging to the couple and their sons, who, like most of the guys in those areas, have migrated to the city. Victoria and Delfin never stopped to thanks for what they received, and to the question "what we could do more for you?" Señora Victoria answers: "you could gift an hearing aid to my houseband, "ese vejo no escucha nada!!!"

Don Delfin and Dona Victoria's home
Don Delfin and Dona Victoria's home
the home and its weak roof on the left side
the home and its weak roof on the left side
Don Delfin and Dona Victoria
Don Delfin and Dona Victoria
briks for the new kitchen
briks for the new kitchen
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Location: Ferrara - Italy
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Maria Giovanna Speltini
Ferrara, Italy

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