Help Feed Hundreds of Hungry People

by Fundacion Hearts of Gold
Help Feed Hundreds of Hungry People
Help Feed Hundreds of Hungry People
Help Feed Hundreds of Hungry People
Help Feed Hundreds of Hungry People
Help Feed Hundreds of Hungry People
Help Feed Hundreds of Hungry People
Help Feed Hundreds of Hungry People
Help Feed Hundreds of Hungry People
Help Feed Hundreds of Hungry People
Help Feed Hundreds of Hungry People
Help Feed Hundreds of Hungry People
Help Feed Hundreds of Hungry People
Help Feed Hundreds of Hungry People
Help Feed Hundreds of Hungry People

Dear Friends, 

I hope you are having a great week!

We are honored to write this email and be able to share good news!

Since the pandemic started in March, so many families lost their jobs.

Our everyday services had to stop and we all had to stay at home.

So many thoughts and feelings while we remained at home, we were feeling desperate thinking of  our families that used to benefit from our services and seeing the needs of the community grow everyday.

Thanks to you, we are here today,. We have had to readjust to this new reality and joining forces with friend organizations we have been able to offer thousands of survival food kits every week. We currently have 107 families as part of our program.

They feel relieved and safe knowing that hey will have something to feed their children.

We have also been on the streets  distributing blankets and clothing, the expressions on childens faces were of relief as we drove around the city of Cuenca on a cold  rainy day.

We have revieved  thousands of bottles of water dotated from the Club Rotario Tomebamba.

There is so much we have learned the past 6 months, we  are so honored to be able to serve our community.

This is project has has been part of the community through one of the hardes times we might remember, and we just want you to know,  you have been part of a big positive change, your generous contributions has saved lives and brought many smiles to children and relief to parents.

Thank you for trusting and believing in the mission of our project, please dont forget you are part of our family!

Stay safe!

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Like the rest of the world, the Cuenca Soup Kitchen has faced tremendous challenges in response to Covid-19. On March 12 during our service, we were told that we needed to close, perhaps indefinitely. We were able to distribute all of the perishable food in our pantry to our clients before we left for the day. Although we were no longer able to operate our kitchen because of the coronavirus, we knew that the need was about to become ever greater.

This news came during a year of tremendous growth as the need for services for our refugee guests and financially challenged Ecuadorians has grown. On March 12th we were serving approximately 800 lunches a week with many of our guests being under 5 years of age.

As in every corner of the world, those with less suffer more. Loss of income and the inability to get food to people in the midst of this pandemic has swelled the numbers in need. The inability to gather meant that we needed to create a new model to help hungry people.

Hearts of Gold, an umbrella organization for a number of foundations in Cuenca, quickly identified the 40 most vulnerable families in these foundations. In partnership with them the Cuenca Soup Kitchen has been able to fund food baskets for these families. Each food basket feeds a family of five two meals a day for seven days. Since that time we have been able to raise enough funds to supply 77 families weekly food baskets, a total of 1,078 meals per week.

In addition, we have teamed with Cuenca councilwoman Marisol Peñaloza’s project to bring food baskets, medicine, and clothing to remote communities in the mountains. One such community can only be reached by leaving the highway and traveling another three hours on horseback. Your donations are currently helping 45 such families.

Like the restaurants, the Cuenca Soup Kitchen has effectively become a “to-go” operation. By pooling our resources with Hearts of Gold and councilwoman Peñaloza, food is provided to those in need. Given the circumstances we are fully committed to our new normal. We are happy to adjust our methods in order to reflect the requirements of the current situation. After all, it is the mission that is important and with your generosity we have been able to continue to feed hungry people.

It has been an honor to work together with such dedicated and involved people in our community. Thank you all for your kind heart, please continue supporting this project that has grown because of your generosity.

 

With love and gratitude,

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The Cuenca Soup Kitchen has experienced tremendous growth over the past year as the need for services for our refugee guests and financially challenged Ecuadorians has grown. Our journey started out three years ago serving 20 – 25 lunches, two days a week, to parents of children staying at Hospital Vincente Moscoso. As our numbers grew we were able to create a partnership with Club Rotary Tomebamba who were able to secure us a bigger space at Casa del Migrante and from there to the Posada San Francisco which acts as our current home. During that period our numbers swelled to our current population of 1,000 lunches a week with many of our guests being under 5 years of age.

2019 saw us move into our new “Store” on Padre Aguiere where we supply donations of gently used clothing and housewares to our guests at no charge and our Outreach Program where we bring bag lunches to the needy in our community continues to be an important program for those in need in our community. Another important change is our recent partnership with Hearts of Gold Foundation who is now handling our finances, acting as our 501c3 and is acting as our consulting partner.

Change is an organic part of any growing organization and the Cuenca Soup Kitchen has had its fair share. Our pool of volunteers (all who work for free) changes regularly as people move out of the area or just get involved in other interests/projects. The store was moved this year to its new home and we now have a nutritionist on board to help us create nourishing meals. Another big change is that The Soup Kitchens Executive Director is stepping down to help create a new Soup Kitchen in Poute. This change will officially become effective February 1. The leadership of the soup kitchen will be turned over to Des Dizney, Bill O’Brien, Mr. Smith and Jane Minor. Their dedication to the soup kitchen and their energy to move forward assures that the Cuenca Soup Kitchen will continues to grow and learn of new ways that the soup kitchen will be a service to those in need in our community.

It has been an honor to work together with such dedicated and involved people in our community.

Thank you all for your kind heart, please contunue supporting this project that has grown because of your generosity.

With love and Gratitude,

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During this past few months Sustainable Cuena has been serving meals to 160 Venezuelans and has been able to offer lunch 5 days a week.

 

Thanks to you we have been able to grow and maintain this projects beneficial for hundreds of refugees who come to Cuenca looking for a better life for their families.

 

Sustainable Cuenca not only provides lunch for venezuelans, our volunteers make sure everybody who attends feels welcome and in a safe place, all of our beneficiaries are always happy to come and talk about their day, sometimes besides a full stomach they need a word of encouragement and a hung to continue with their day to day activities.

 

You are giving this families the opportunity to look for a better future and you are also giving them back their hope in humanity most of them have lost due to the rough reality they had to face back home and coming to Cuenca. 

 

You are the main heart of this project and we are honored and grateful for your trust and support.

 

We are currently focusing on working with volunteers committees that will be in charge of different areas and a nutritionist will guide us on how to serve a nutritious affordable lunch.

 

We have grown tremendously and now is time to focus on different ways to make this program stronger, stable to continue growing with time.



Please stay tuned for the upcoming great news and updates we will have.

 

We will also publish our first annual report, we will share it with you as soon as it's ready!

 

“My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who and  how you are, to astonish the world with your acts of kindness”

 

Big hugs,

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We have grown tremendously since our humble beginning serving 20 people two days a week at Hospital Vincente Moscoso. The Soup Kitchen now serves 160 Venezuelan guests and 80 working poor Ecuadorians Monday through Friday. Sustainable Cuenca is becoming stronger and well known in both Expat and Cuencano Community, we have had several visits from local and national news papers, tv and radio to learn more about our project. Thanks to your support we have been able to increase this project and now offer our services 5 days a week, with this, we have had more beneficiaries joining us and with this, expenses also have gone up, this is why we would like to ask for your help on spreading the word with your family and friends to contribute to this cause. every bit helps. Hearts of Gold has also been working on getting discounts with businesses and food donations to reduce some costs, we are waiting for a positive response. We are also trying to get a building donated from the City that will allow this project to expand and have its own space. We are here today because of you, thank you for helping us make this world a better place for everybody!

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Fundacion Hearts of Gold

Location: Cuenca - Ecuador
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Twitter: @Hearts_Of_Gold
Project Leader:
Maria Jose Orellana
Cuenca, Ecuador
$148,832 raised of $200,000 goal
 
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