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Build A Home For Luis & Evelina

by Fundacion Hearts of Gold
Build A Home For Luis & Evelina
Build A Home For Luis & Evelina
Build A Home For Luis & Evelina
Build A Home For Luis & Evelina
Build A Home For Luis & Evelina
Build A Home For Luis & Evelina
Build A Home For Luis & Evelina
Build A Home For Luis & Evelina
Build A Home For Luis & Evelina
Build A Home For Luis & Evelina

Nearly 2 years ago, a 7.6 magnitude earthquake hit the coast of Ecuador, forever changing the lives of thousands. Some lost their loved ones, others lost their homes, others lost hope. Hearts of Gold, along with grassroots organizers on the ground, has been dedicated to sustainable solutions in order to transform the lives of the individuals and families affected by the earthquake.

We were there on April 16, 2016 to collect and deliver urgent items - food, water, medical supplies, boots - which helped impacted families get through the disaster alive. We were there months later, supporting transitional housing and the emotional healing of the 35 families living at Proyecto Saman. And then, when the storm began to calm, we were there to help place families find permanent homes. Your contributions made it possible that Luis, Evelina, and their family have a place to call home. Now, thanks to a grant from GlobalGiving, three more homes have been built and repaired, giving hope for a better future to our brave Ecuadorian brothers and sisters. 

Proyecto Saman has been a dear partner of Hearts of Gold for nearly two years. As families from the camp have all attained housing security, Proyecto Saman closes the last chapter of their long journey of serving victims of the natural disaster with compassion, love, and truly pure hearts of gold. Families in Canoa will be able to sleep better knowing they have a stable roof over their heads and a place to call home again.

We would like to thank you for being part of this mission and for making all of this work possible. We will officially close the Proyecto Saman page on GlobalGiving, content knowing that over the last two years thousands received support they critically needed and that 4 families have homes, all thanks to you. We invite you to read more about the beneficiaries of this project - the families who no longer have to stress about where they can call home - here

Please continue to follow us on Facebook to see more photos and news from the families in Canoa. If you are looking to continue supporting Hearts of Gold and our network of nonprofits in Cuenca, we encourage you to visit our Community Assistance Program page or to sign up to our newsletter.

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Lorena will move from this tent to a new home
Lorena will move from this tent to a new home

We are excited to report that we are still working hard to get victims of the 2016 earthquake in Ecuador into new homes! While Luis, Evelina, and their family now have a place they can call home, there are still more families in Canoa, Ecuador that need support. Thanks to a grant from Global Giving, Hearts of Gold and Proyecto Saman are working to get three more families into new homes in early 2018.

Thanks to a strategic partnership with CAEMBA, we are able to lower costs of building new homes, and thus two families in Canoa will be able to receive pre-fab homes. The third family will be getting major home repairs which will make their pre-eathquake home livable once again! 

We are entering into the rainy season on the coast, thus the team is working very hard to begin construction the first week of March. These families will be moving from tents caught in the rain, into warm, welcoming homes. 

We would like to send a huge thanks to you, our Hearts of Gold family and Global Giving, for your ongoing support in eathquake relief. Though the earthquake happened 1 year and 10 months ago, there are still many families that need our help. Thank you for being part of this work, transforming the lives of kind, deserving families on the coast of Ecuador.

The pre-fab home that families will receive
The pre-fab home that families will receive
The homes are made from bamboo and wood
The homes are made from bamboo and wood
Luis, Evelina & Friends with New Home
Luis, Evelina & Friends with New Home

It has been 1 year and 7 months since the earthquake of April 2016 shook the lives of thousands on the Ecuadorian coast. As more and more earthquakes and natural disasters hit the Americas, we are reminded of how grateful we are that more and more families are safe and being placed into permanent homes in Ecuador.

Thanks to your support, Luis and Evelina and their family have transitioned into a beautiful new home where they can build their lives and futures together. After so much time without a place to call home, they are now comforted by 4 walls, a front door, windows, and a welcome mat where dreams will be made.

We are excited to announce that thanks to all of you and the generous GlobalGiving community, Hearts of Gold has been gifted a $10,000 grant that will be distributed to support 4 families from Proyecto Saman! Four families will resolve their living situation - two receiving new homes, and two receiving critical home repairs that will make their homes livable again.

Thank you for believing in Hearts of Gold, allowing us to put your hard earned money to a valuable cause. We cannot wait to share with you the photos and stories of joy when these four earthquake victim families transition to a new chapter of their lives. Stay tuned!

We hope that you can join us this #GivingTuesday, Tuesday November 26 as we act #HeartToHeart and prepare even more impactful, life-changing projects 2018! We will be competing for stellar bonus prizes on the GlobalGiving platform, along with a generous $2,000 in matching from the President of our Board, Natasha Verkley. Keep your eyes out for #GivingTuesday starting at 12AM, Tuesday November 26.

Community members hard at work
Community members hard at work
Luis hard at work
Luis hard at work
Teamwork
Teamwork
The "Saman" tree that inspired it all
The "Saman" tree that inspired it all
Luis and Luis Jr Working on the Home
Luis and Luis Jr Working on the Home

We are so happy to report that today Proyecto Saman is breaking ground on Luis and Evelina’s home! Thanks to your outstanding support, $6,675 gross was raised in the month of July between the Hearts for a Home campaign and the English Garden Party in Salinas!

 

While we did not reach our fundraising goal, as luck will have it, Proyecto Saman was selected by Fundacion Raiz to receive support for building three permanent homes! Luis and Evelina will, after all, receive their home thanks to your generous support, and the foundational support from this disaster relief nonprofit! Fundacion Raiz was created after the April 2016 earthquake to help build temporary shelters, and is now committed to building permanent pre-fab bamboo homes!

 

Luis and Evelina will receive a traditional coastal home made from bamboo and wood. Thanks to this new connection, the costs that were not raised during the campaign are 100% covered! What this means is that your $6,675 is  going to elevate the home which will double the family’s space, finish the inside of the home, receive all legal paperwork for the property, and contribute to the community infrastructure for electricity, water, roads, and communal spaces!

 

Thanks to your generosity, Luis and Evelina are reaching a lifelong dream of having a traditional stilt home of their own, made with eco-friendly wood and bamboo! Enjoy the photos below of the family on their land, making the first of many lasting memories in their first real home.

Loading up the truck to begin construction
Loading up the truck to begin construction
Prepping the land for construction
Prepping the land for construction
Camp Saman empty as residents move to new property
Camp Saman empty as residents move to new property

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Fundacion Hearts of Gold

Location: Cuenca - Ecuador
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Twitter: @Hearts_Of_Gold
Project Leader:
Natasha Verkley
Cuenca, Ecuador

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