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Assisting seniors during the Queda

This past week, we were able to assist many seniors in Cuenca with food support. For those seniors living alone, the health risks in addition to the movement restrictions make it difficult, and even scary, to go out to the markets and stores. So, we delivered the food right to their homes. Through the extensive network we have built up over the years, our contacts notify us of those in the community who need assistance. As we do not have our own vehicle, and renting one regularly is cost prohibitive, we hire a camionetta once per week to help us make food deliveries to seniors in need.

Our partnership with Cuenca Solidaria, a Municipal initiative, is an important link to our program assisting seniors, who benefit from the initiative. Cuenca Solidaria provides bread and milk to 1,500 households each week, targeting those with young children and seniors, as an additional source of nutrition to those most vulnerable. Organizations housing those in need, like ours and several others around Cuenca, also benefit from the program for those they serve.

Cuenca Solidaria is organized by Fabian Ledesma, a Municipal Councilor of Cuenca (and also a strong supporter of our work here at Hogar de Esperanza), and five of his colleagues who also serve the people of Cuenca. They developed the Cuenca Solidaria program based on an assessment of Cuenca’s additional needs during the current crisis. One part is focused on food support, and the other is on providing Cuenca’s first responders with protective equipment and supplies. These six Councilors have generously donated their full salaries for the month in order to support this program, so we want to do something special to help them increase their reach in helping as many people as possible. Over the next three days, Hogar de Esperanza will contribute 50% of all donations we receive to Cuenca Solidaria. After all, we have the same mission – supporting those most in need – so helping each other helps us all to meet our goals in bringing some relief, and some hope, to those who need it most right now.

To make a contribution to help those most in need, you can donate online at: If you prefer to make a donation through bank transfer, please contact us for the account information. We can also arrange to pick up donations of cash or items. Thank you for helping us to help others – we could not do it without you.

Garry Vatcher: 099 094 7611. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca