Although the Cuenca Soup Kitchen maintains its focus on distributing tons of food to the needy and vulnerable in Cuenca, Ecuador, we realize that there are other elements that impact our beneficiaries. Chief among these is the need for education in order to break the cycle of poverty. This is why we stipulate that all children in the program be enrolled in school. This requires us to make it possible for them to attend school. We know that when there is food on the table, children can be in school rather than working to help the family survive. We also know that when children are given the school supplies required, they are more likely to succeed. Finally it is clear that education and the self-worth that education gives, provide future opportunities. It is important that we instill a joy for learning and an understanding of its value in our beneficiaries. This is why we celebrate education with every child in our program. In addition to school supplies, each child receives a fresh haircut and special sweet treats prepared by our volunteers. Our committment to the education of the children in our program is bearing fruit. By valuing education and providing the resources needed to invest in education, the Cuenca Soup Kitchen continues to positively impact the future for vulnerable families in Cuenca, Ecuador.
The Cuenca Soup Kitchen continues to keep its focus firmly on distributing tons of food to the needy and vulnerable in Cuenca, Ecuador. Food is the foundation but we know that our beneficiaries often need more so we deliver. Health, hygiene, and the health of the planet are priorities and so we have teamed with GelWear, an Ecuadorian company to provide all of the babies in our program with reusable and biodegradable diapers. $100 provides a diaper kit that will last for 2.5 to 3 years. For $30 CSK provides reusable feminine hygiene kits that will last for 5 years. The hygiene program joins HeartStrings which provides warm hats, scarves, and blankets for the young, the sick, and the vulnerable. Our Birthday Abuelita program continues to provide every child with a “birthday in a bag” so that families can celebrate those special moments together. Children’s Day, Christmas, and providing school supplies are important ongoing initiatives. Giving a hand up rather than a hand out with these programs helps CSK beneficiaries better their lives and their futures.
The Cuenca Soup Kitchen’s focus is to give families a hand up through targeted food distribution. This initiative has impacted 1,000s of vulnerable people in and around Cuenca, Ecuador. This year CSK continued this goal…and much more! CSK’s Hygiene Product and Education initiative joined the Aubuelita’s Birthday program (providing birthdays for each child in the program) and the Heartstings program (knitting for babies, seniors, and the vulnerable). CSK continued to work with Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the latest project (to reduce CSK’s eco-footprint) is up for the coveted President’s award. Disaster relief included both short term as well as long term sustainable solutions for Marianza, a small town devastated by landslides. CSK teamed with the US Consul General to provide school supplies to all of the school-age children in the program, helping to ensure a better future for them. Reading glasses were distributed to adults in need. CSK volunteers and beneficiaries celebrated Mother’s Day, Children’s Day and are preparing to celebrate Christmas. To implement these goals CSK partnered with other organizations, businesses, artists, and individuals. All of this was accomplished while keeping the focus firmly on the tons of food CSK distributes each month.
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