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Real Stories from the Hogar: Pooling resources to reach those at risk

About a month ago, Emilia knocked on our door, concerned about her little boy. Three-year-old Mateo was losing weight, she said, and just did not have the rambunctious kind of energy that he once did. Having lost her job as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, as a single mother she could not afford to provide more than a few, very basic meals each day. Throughout October, we saw this situation repeated over and over again. The number of malnourished children has skyrocketed in recent months, as the crisis continues to take its toll.

Here at Hogar de Esperanza, we always strive to make all that we are so generously given go as far as possible, to help as many people as we possibly can. We try to be as resourceful as possible, especially these days when more people than ever come to us for assistance. Sometimes this takes some innovation to give those whom we help the best outcome. Last week, we put our resources together to help some of these mothers and children.

It all started with a project led by Bob Doyle, who donated beautiful, hand-made Halloween boxes for our children. We were going to distribute them at the foundation, and thought – why not integrate this with other components that we have on hand? So, we incorporated nutritional assessments for the children given by our nutrition students from the University of Cuenca, and talks to their mothers on providing them with a proper diet. Wanting to ensure that the mothers had the tools they needed to do this, we also provided them with complete food kits made up of the donations that we receive each week through our partnerships with Gran Aki and SuperMaxi. In addition, we continue to receive donations each week from Alberto and all of the expats who support the pizza project, so we were also able to give these mothers pizzas to supplement their family’s diet.

This was definitely a team effort, of our staff, our donors and volunteers, all working together to find solutions to help keep these mothers and their children healthy and well. If you would like to support our efforts in helping those in greatest need, you can make a donation at: We can also pick up your donation, if you prefer. Thank you so much – we could not do any of this without you.

Teresa Eklund: 099 094 7611. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca