US$635.00raised of $5,000.00 goal
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"I thought no one would care about me," said the man as we handed him a food package. Like many of the migrants we've met, he had been walking for over a month by the time he reached northern Ecuador. But young men are not the only people walking to find a better life. We also meet families with children of all ages. They walk in the rain and under the intense sun. They walk wearing flip flops and holes in the bottoms of their ill-fitting shoes. They walk with nothing but what they can carry on their backs.
Who are we? We are a 100% volunteer organization called Los Compañeros, which was created in September 2020 with the mission statement of “Helping those most in need”. We are a network of friends of Jovann Bravo and Cookie Gold, the founders of Los Compañeros, who come together twice a week to donate time, food, and money to Los Compañeros’ efforts to feed the neediest of the people in the Cotacachi, Otavalo, and Ibarra area of northern Ecuador.
Now we need your help. The purpose of this fundraiser is to raise money to buy a refrigerator and a stove to carry on the effort of feeding the needy. (Total cost: USD $600) The remainder of the money we’re asking for will be used to continue to feed the homeless. The Care Bags, which contain food and basic toiletry items, cost $3 each. We create 30 Care Bags every Monday and Friday, and we usually run out of food before we run out of people who need help. Any extra money we receive over our goal amount will be used to feed people. The need is ongoing, so our expenses are ongoing.
Care Bag contents:
Meal--rice, beans, chicken, vegetables; bottle of water, arepa with scrambled egg, apple, banana, and a hard boiled egg
Toiletries: bar of soap, roll of toilet paper, small package of sanitary napkins (handed out to individual women)
Thank you for any help you can give the people who think no one cares about them. We care, and we know you do, too.
Update for February and March, 2021Update posted by Teresa Louis at 12:34 pm
We are continuing to feed the homeless every Monday and Friday. The situation remains the same, so if you've read the previous three updates posted here, you'll know what we're doing and what we're finding as we're out and about looking for people to help. Again, we want to thank
People We Fed on Monday, 2/1/21Update posted by Teresa Louis at 07:55 pm
"THE COMPANIONS" Hello Cotacachi! UPGRADE We have prepared 30 breakfasts, 30 lunches, water, bananas, apples, tissue paper, blue soap, women's sanitary napkins, clothes, [and] masks. Routes: Cotacachi - Atuntaqui - Ibarra We went on the journey to find the most needy and...we found [many] mothers [walking] with children with...aspirations [for. . . . .
People We Fed on Wednesday, 1/20/21Update posted by Teresa Louis at 02:40 pm
"THE COMPANIONS" UPGRADE WEDNESDAY, January 20, 2021Edited for English fluidity by Teresa Louis, 1/24/21 In this beautiful work we made 30 breakfasts, 30 lunches, water, banana, canguil, toilet paper, blue soap, sweater, jackets, clothes and hats for the cold, as well as shoes. We went in search of the most. . . . .