CETAP-Lucy Child Sponsorship Program

by Fundacion Hearts of Gold
CETAP-Lucy Child Sponsorship Program
CETAP-Lucy Child Sponsorship Program
CETAP-Lucy Child Sponsorship Program
CETAP-Lucy Child Sponsorship Program
CETAP-Lucy Child Sponsorship Program
CETAP-Lucy Child Sponsorship Program
CETAP-Lucy Child Sponsorship Program
CETAP-Lucy Child Sponsorship Program
CETAP-Lucy Child Sponsorship Program
CETAP-Lucy Child Sponsorship Program
CETAP-Lucy Child Sponsorship Program
CETAP-Lucy Child Sponsorship Program

CETAP-Lucy is an educational-support organization in Chilcapamba, a rural barrio outside of Cuenca, Ecuador. For more than twelve years, it has provided technical support, speech therapy, psychological counseling, and tutoring for disadvantaged children and families. Pre-COVID-19, two teachers provided early stimulation and socialization skills to 18 preschoolers and homework and English help for 25 school-aged children. With the financial support from Hearts of Gold and individual sponsors, CETAP-Lucy has been able to keep its doors open through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, but with reduced attendance.

As we wait for the world to slowly recover from COVID-19, CETAP-LUCY has a lot to celebrate! All of our children were promoted to the next grade except for one, who will be receiving help through the month of July to complete projects with the expectation that he will be promoted. Additionally, many of our students passed at the top of their class, with extremely high grades!

One young woman, 19-year-old Jenny, is a special needs child who has been attending CETAP-Lucy since age three. She will graduate as the TOP STUDENT from her training program this month. Jenny has been learning how to work in the hospitality and tourism industry. She feels very confident about her future and is ready to join the workforce! We are all very proud of her!

The English-language course provided by the California-based Children of the Night program continues to be a success. Seven children have been receiving one-on-one classes three days a week. None of the children have dropped out of the program, and all are doing well. The children are now speaking English with more confidence. Many university classes in Ecuador are taught in English, so the special help these children are receiving will make it much easier for them to enter higher education programs and will increase their ability to get good-paying jobs. We are blessed by this gift.

CETAP-Lucy also works in conjunction with Hearts of Gold and the Cuenca Soup Kitchen to distribute food and necessities to through a food bank. The temporary bakery set up in the program’s psychologist’s office will be moving this month to a new location in a restaurant a few doors down from CETAP-Lucy. The bakery will continue to provide work for poor families as well as to provide and distribute fresh bread to the community. Children at CETAP-Lucy have enjoyed being involved in painting a mural inside the restaurant.

During the month of July, CETAP-Lucy provides help to children who need to retake tests or complete extra-credit assignments. Tutors are available. Additionally, field trips are planned to parks, swimming pools, and museums for children who have few opportunities to take advantage of these experiences. Every day during the school break, volunteers bring art materials and projects for the children.

Another part of the summer program is the continuation of martial arts training. Carlos Picón, a CETAP-Lucy student since age five, is a black-belt-level Tae Kwon Doh instructor. The children have enjoyed the classes and they were recently gifted uniforms made by local seamstresses. In addition to the physical benefits of this exercise, the children have learned confidence and self-pride, which will benefit them for the rest of their lives.

With the move of the bakery to the restaurant from the psychologist’s office, we expect very soon to begin to provide family and personal counselling again. We also look forward to our children being able to return to in-classroom schooling in September.

We cannot appropriately express our gratitude to GlobalGiving and Hearts of Gold for your support during this difficult time. We are proud of our ability to be flexible and to respond to changing circumstances. We strive to take the best advantage of the services and assistance offered to us. Without your help, our children would have fallen far behind their peers. Instead, they have overcome so many difficulties! We thank you every day!

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In spite of an increase in COVID-19 cases that has caused many deaths in the rural barrio of Chilcapamba, CETAP-Lucy has been able to continue providing services to children by employing increased safety measures. There is a disinfection station at the door, an air-cleaning ionization device indoors, and masks are required in both the indoor and outdoor classrooms. As the overall situation has improved, mothers have been able to return to their work outside the home. As a result, the program has been able to re-hire one of the pre-school teachers who had been laid off. The preschool now cares for eight children who attend three days a week. Twenty-five students attend five days a week to take advantage of the computers, printers, and tutors.

The staff and volunteer tutors have been busy helping students prepare for their final exams, which will determine whether they will be able to enter quality universities or colegios. An example is Jenny, a child with a low IQ. She is a candidate to attend a special-needs training program, but she must be a graduate from her primary school. We think, with the help of her tutors, she will be able to achieve her dream to someday work as a hotel housekeeper.

CETAP-Lucy was selected to receive services from a California-based foundation called Children of the Night. The foundation provides individual English classes over the internet. Seven children are now receiving one-on-one classes three days a week for an hour. Their confidence at speaking English has improved dramatically. Many university classes in Ecuador are taught in English, and the special help the children are receiving will make it much easier for them to enter higher education programs and will increase their abilities to get good-paying jobs. We feel blessed by this gift.

The children’s physical heath is also a concern. Carlos Picon, the son of the educational specialist and speech therapist at CETAP-Lucy, has a black-belt tae kwan do ranking. He has begun to provide weekly martial arts lessons for the students. They enjoy the training, and their increased confidence is evident to everyone.


There is so much need and much to be done, but we know how important our work is and we are proud of the way we have been able to adjust to these trying circumstances. We appreciate the assistance of GlobalGiving. We couldn’t do this without you. Thank you!

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At the beginning of the COVID lockdown, CETAP-Lucy found novel ways to use its facilities to respond to the desperate conditions of the underserved members of the community. With the help of volunteers who help by maintaining and repairing the donated computers that children without Wi-Fi or technical equipment in their homes use for their on-line classes. A limited number of expat volunteers have been able to return to tutor children, utilizing strict safety practices. 

Many families whose children formerly attended CETAP-Lucy can no longer afford the tuition because they have lost their employment, and some children formerly sponsored by expats lost that support. While requests are being made of the larger community to help sponsor children, the desperate situation of some rural families means that CETAP-Lucy cannot turn them away. Because of the mild temperatures in Chilcapamba, several children can work outside in the fresh air. This has allowed CETAP-Lucy to accept five returning students, even though their families cannot pay anything toward their tuition.

CETAP-Lucy also works in conjunction with Hearts of Gold to distribute food and necessities to through a food bank.

One especially needy family are the Japas. The family of five live in a tiny two-room shack made of recycled materials. Though they now have running water and a very basic electrical service, the family of five members do not have a toilet or a sink, and no bathing facilities, and there is little food in the home. The three boys were taking turns to attend their virtual classes over a single cellular phone. The children are required to complete about 80 pages of homework assignments every week that must be downloaded and printed off. Of course, they are unable to do this at home. The children have all been welcomed back at CETAP-Lucy to take advantage of the technology and tutoring help. 

There is so much need and so much to do, but we know how important our work is and we are proud of the way we have been able to adjust to these trying circumstances. We appreciate the assistance of GlobalGiving. We couldn’t do this without you. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

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Dear Friends, 

It is an honor to be able to tell you about our progress during these months of work, although it is true they have been months of great anguish due to the health emergency in which the world is going through CORONAVIRUS (cov-19), especially in our city Cuenca, many people they have infected and many of them have lost the battle.

We want to tell you that we as an organization have continued to work daily in the support and accompaniment of our children, we have had to innovate and create different action strategies in order to serve our children.
We were able to finish the school year with all safety measures. Due to national regulations, face-to-face education became an online education through different virtual platforms, this has caused children to necessarily have to have technological tools such as computers and the internet to be able to fulfill all activities and tasks. This has generated some difficulties since they do not have the economic resources to invest. However, Cetap Lucy has been able to share its spaces so that the children are not left without education.

Thanks to each of you for your support, none of this would be possible without your collaboration.

Together We are the Change!
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Dear friends,

During the past two months, Cetap Lucy has continued our educational commitment to children and teenagers. We have managed to prepare the children who will go to first grade in the different schools in September.

We have also started working with a group of young people who receive sexual orientation training with our psychologist, Pablo, which focuses on sexual health for adolescents. With greater involvement of the parents, the My Shield program is carried out in order to stop child abuse.

In February we welcomed three new children for early stimulation. Due to the pandemic that plagues the whole world, we have had to change the teaching style from face-to-face to a virtual format.

Teachers offer theis class through social media and in the same way send the activities for each day.

For the families that dont have acces to internet we are offering acces to internet from our CETAP Lucy computers so they can continuo with homeschooling

Because of the quarantine we have all had to change our lifestyle, for our families it has been really hard not to be able to work and have nothing to feed their families.

We have been able to support the failies who need the most, with enough groceries for 8 days for a family of up to 5 members, we are offering this every friday thanks community oganizations that are working hard to cover basic needs.

 I would like to express a special thanks to the donors and sponsors who contribute financially so that children have access to the education provided by Cetap Lucy. Without you, this would be impossible, and we will be forced to close. Your financial contribution is the only income we have at the moment. Please don't stop supporting us.

Please take care of yourselves, stay safe and healthy!

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Fundacion Hearts of Gold

Location: Cuenca - Ecuador
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Maria Jose Orellana
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