Sustainable Cuenca, also known as The Cuenca Soup Kitchen, serves warm meals and provides access to diapers, clothing and other basic items for recently arrived Venezuelan refugees. We also provide bag lunches for the Ecuadorian working poor through our Outreach Program.
Ecuador has received more than 220,000 Venezuelan refugees in recent years. Many of these people left their homes with almost nothing and journeyed across borders with their families in search of basic resources and stability. The Ministry of the Interior has reported that 2 out of 10 Venezuelan refugees who enter Ecuador are children and adolescents. The influx of Venezuelan migrants has created a humanitarian emergency. Many families arrive with no place to stay and very little money.
Sustainable Cuenca's Soup Kitchen is currently serving lunch to 160 people daily, Tuesday through Friday. Soup Kitchen guests can dine at the program for three weeks. This gives them time to get set up in Cuenca, find jobs, and places to live. Sustainable Cuenca also serves the Ecuadorian working poor through our Outreach Program. Volunteers go out with bag lunches on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and distribute them to needy individuals in the neighborhood around the Soup Kitchen.
Sustainable Cuenca not only solves people's immediate needs, the organization provides a safe and welcoming place for refugees to visit and experience community. Sustainable Cuenca offers short-term assistance so that families can stabilize themselves. Removing the stress of hunger helps Venezuelan refugees focus on finding jobs and places to live. The Outreach Program connects us with the local community and helps some of the most vulnerable Ecuadorians receive nourishment.