Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Wonderful Holidays. We are preparing for a Festive Christmas Celebration to serve our poor elderly a special meal and a little gift of traditional cookies (like US animal cookies) and some candies in a pre-packaged bag.
Our volunteers have made a meal plan to serve chicken, rice, potatoes, fruit salad and dessert. Fruit juice to drink.
Chicken – 30 chickens are being purchased and will be roasted and cut into portions to possibly serve up to 150 people Two volunteers have taken on this task
Potatoes and rice – being prepared by our two indigenous cooks – they are purchasing 50 pounds of potatoes and 50 pounds of rice
Fruit salad being prepared by another volunteer
Desserts – 6 banana breads and another dessert being donated from two of our volunteers. We will be asking for more dessert donations as we most likely need for 150 people or less
Traditional gift bags will be filled on December 14. For many of our people, this is the only Christmas gift that they will receive.
Many of you have helped us in the past by giving financial donations to keep this food kitchen working. Again we are appealing to you for your generosity this time of year. No amount is too small and deeply appreciated.
If you live in Cotacachi and would like to volunteer please contact me.
I was in FL recently and brought back items that we can sell on Thursdays at a small local establishment. We had our first sale on December 1st and sold $180 of goodies that netted a profit of $85. Some of the items were donated and others purchased at a resale shop for a nominal fee. We will sell on Thursdays thru the month of December.
I also returned with vitamins, some medications from a generous medical doctor, new underwear and socks for our men, some used clothing that will be distributed after showers for both men and women. Some friends in FL made the purchases possible by donating funds and clothing.
I brought handmade items that our indigenous people made and sold quite a few. The funds went directly to the person who made the items. Our two cooks received $130 for their items that sold. You will see a photo attached of what is still available. It will be sent to from FL. Large Afghan $60, two sets of scarves $20 a set, colorful doilie $10, large doilie with indigenous figures on the border $15, . Postage to be added to the cost of the item.For your convenience… you may send a check to my daughters and they will do the mailing from Florida.
At present our food bill for the month is $600 but slowly increasing. We are serving breakfast from 55 to 65 people on Monday thru Friday. Breakfast consists of scrambled eggs with veggies two times a week and then hardboiled eggs on the other days. They receive a bread roll, piece of cheese and fresh fruit. A hot drink called colada is served daily and very nutritious.
We have been given a second building to accommodate local medical doctors to check our people several times a month. Nutrition is a main problem and they are given vitamins daily with their breakfast. Also the usual aches and pains that the elderly suffer are being treated by our volunteer doctors.
If you are coming from the US we are in need of vitamins and over the counter items for pain. If you like to help out by bring some of these supplies please contact me:
The next update for January will include photos of our Christmas party and any other additional news.
Thank you for your help which is deeply appreciated.
Wishing many Blessings now and through 2017,
Founder of Ecuador Project Hope
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