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United in helping others in the time of COVID-19

Here at Hogar de Esperanza, we are so grateful for the expat community. So proud of the fact that, together, we have stepped up to help those in our Cuenca community who are struggling to make it through this crisis. Honored to be in a position to give back to our wonderful, welcoming city and its people in their time of need.

Since our appeal last week, requesting your support with helping us to feed the increasing number of people who come to our door every day, frightened, desperate and hopeless – your generosity has surpassed all expectations – even more than the $5,000 we requested to get through one week of this crisis. Through Saturday, your big-hearted donations allowed us to provide food baskets to 170 families last week. Each food basket costs $30, and is designed to provide a balanced diet for a family of 5 people for one full week. In addition to providing food baskets to families with young children, the elderly, single mothers, and the disabled, we fed and sheltered 38 people in need who are currently staying with us at the foundation. Those living on the streets of Cuenca also need our help to get through this crisis, and we provide warm meals to 50 homeless people each day. This is a lot of food! It means that, together, we helped feed close to 1,000 people this past week.

With Cuenca remaining in red light status for the coming week, it also means that even more people, those who are most vulnerable to the current situation and lockdown, will need a helping hand with keeping their families healthy and fed. For just $30, you can be that hand up, that hand reaching out and keeping someone afloat during what is, for many right now, the most challenging time they have ever faced. If every expat in the city could spare $30, then together we could easily feed over 5,000 families each week, until the situation improves. That would be 25,000 more people who could stay home, instead of going out in search of food every day to survive. This could mean that the COVID-19 crisis would be over sooner, and things could begin to return to some semblance of normality again.

If you would like to help us meet this challenge, providing food and hope to those who need it most right now, you can donate online at: http://www.hogaresperanza.org/en/donations/. If you prefer to make a donation through bank transfer, please contact us for the account information. We are also happy to schedule pick-ups of cash donations and in-kind donations of items. Thank you so much – we could not do any of this without you.

Garry Vatcher: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca