Santo Domingo de los Colorados simply referred to as Santo Domingo, is the fourth largest city of Ecuador with a population of over 305,000, it is an important commercial and industrial center and the capital of the province Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas. The city lies in the foothills west of the Andes. It is an important stopping point on the road from Quito to the Pacific coast.
Our partners on the ground are working in two barrios (small communities), Santa Martha and Cheguevara both with a population of around 1,000 people in each barrio. These barrios are mostly populated by women and children. Their population consists of about 4 women to every one man, and the women typically have 4 – 5 children each. The families survive on less than $300 a month and that’s for a family of 5 – 10 people.
They are extremely poor, which lends to many social problems like crime, drugs, and prostitution. Crime is the norm; their crimes include theft and violence in the homes. The people turn to drugs to satisfy hunger and to earn a living by selling them. While women and young girls turn to prostitution to survive and earn a living. It is typical to see 40 – 60 year old men with 12 – 14 year old girls.
Nutrition is a major concern; most people don’t have enough food to eat or the means to keep a balanced diet. A typical diet consists of rice, bananas, and potatoes. The lack of nutrition lends to additional problems and illnesses.
- Parasites from drinking bad water and contaminated food.
- Bad immune systems from lack of nourishment.
- Diarrhea is a large problem in adults as well as children.
THE PLAN is to raise the funds to be able to help our partners in 3 areas, education, hunger, and housing.
- Education: We will help send community children to high school, allowing them to finish and receive a degree. This will open opportunities for the children to break the poverty circle in each of the families.
- Hunger: We will be buying 5 pigs a month for a year, this will help them with an immediate hunger need. They will be using 4 of the pigs each month for food and then each month adding the fifth pig to a group of breeding pigs, which will help them for the future. Over a year’s time it will allow them to multiply their stock of pigs to 20 or 30 pigs and will be a great start for year 2. These pigs will be raised on their farm just outside the city.
- Housing: We will be helping them build a house on a farm, where a family and the workers of the farm will live. Here is where they will take care of the pigs and expand their stock.
In addition, we plan to also bring them Sawyer water filters to help with the parasite problem in the drinking water. We will bring enough filters to produce 50 gallons of clean water every 20 minutes.
“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a life time!”
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A Generous Life will have a team traveling to the Ecuador to help set up the water filtration systems and build the house in the Summer of 2015. If you would like to join the team and see firsthand the impact of this plan and project, please Click Here for more information.