Snow Angels in Ecuador identifies the neediest disabled and older adults living on the streets of the city and some small pueblos outside Cuenca, Ecuador. We keep the communities we choose relatively small, usually 18-35 people. These smaller numbers allow us to work closely with the people, follow their progress, and use our resources efficiently.
Our Three Primary Projects
Snow Angels in Ecuador has been working with the poor within Ecuador for four years now. We have learned that we must be versatile and flexible in our processes and with the groups we choose to work with. Covid-19 has certainly re-enforced our logistics. At present, we are working with three communities:
- The disabled and elderly people are left to beg daily in the “Centro” area of the city, particularly on the streets surrounding the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. We provide these people with weekly supplies of food, some minor medical and dental care (including dentures), and prosthetics in the case of three of our clients. We have lifted three people from their wheelchairs, and they are now walking.
- Seville de Oro. That is a small pueblo about 80 minutes from Cuenca. For economic and cultural issues, and because of Covid-19, 33 significantly older adults within this small town live all alone. We provide these people with scheduled visits and food and personal hygiene supplies on a bi-weekly basis.
- Venezuelan Refugees. There are a disturbing number of families living in the streets of Cuenca. These families often have young children and infants who do not have enough food or other personal items necessary to live. We support and collaborate with Foundation Nur in their programs, including providing food packages, clothing, blanket, diaper dispensary, and an educational program that addresses pregnancy issues, family planning, and gender and family violence issues.