Friday, November 24, 2017

Cotacachi, Ecuador Expats Give Back to Community #WATWB


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Ecuador Expats Giving Back to Community

Introducing Micky Enright, an 81 year old long time Ecuador expat from the United States, who opened the doors to Lugar de Esperanza in Cotacachi, Ecuador three years ago. She and her volunteers provide breakfast, medical care, baths, and changes of clothing to senior citizens who have limited resources.

Photo courtesy of El Comercio newspaper

The majority of the 14 volunteers are from the United States and Canada. The dining room is an old school building and has a capacity of 60 people. In a garden behind the building, vegetables are grown to be included in meals.

The beneficiaries, on the other hand, come from  Kichwa communities such as Tunibamba, Piava San Pedro, El Cercado, Alambuela, Colimbuela, San José or San Miguel. "We have received people from 12 communities," explains Fred Hosea, the only volunteer who is fluent in Spanish and who assumes the role of translator.

Micky is known affectionately as Ñuka Mamaku (mi mamita in Spanish or my little mom in English) by beneficiaries of the dining room.

An English translation of the full article can be found here and the original Spanish article here. Thanks to David Sasaki who pointed out this article to me.


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18 comments:

  1. Just goes to show, you're never too old to do some good.

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  2. Hi Emily - how lovely to read about Micky and her help that she's offering some members of the community - and wonderful that they have fresh vegetables and fruits from the garden ... bet they enjoy helping with that too ... thanks for letting us know about these volunteers - cheers Hilary

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    1. I love the fresh garden food idea, too. Thanks so much for stopping by as always Hilary.

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  3. This is such a wonderful initiative of serving the poor and needy, and giving them a life a dignity and respect. More power to Micky Enright and his team! Thanks for sharing this inspiring story, Emily :)

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    1. Thanks, Shilpa, I agree - what a wonderful initiative.

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  4. What a beautiful story, and kudos to Micky and the team of volunteers providing such services that help nurture and support those in most need.

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  5. Micky sounds like a wonderful lady who understands the needs around her. They must love her a lot to have nicknamed her "little mama."

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    1. I hope to meet her someday. We have some mutual friends so it may happen. Thanks, Lynda, for stopping by.

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  6. An 81 year old doing such amazing work? She can teach the youngsters a thing or two...
    What a heart-warming post!

    Writer In Transit

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    1. She sure could teach a lot of us a thing or two :) Thanks Michelle!

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  7. At 81, she’s doing more than folks half her age.
    Thanks for sharing her story, Emily.

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  8. Most wonderful - I agree with an earlier comment by Michelle that this 81 year old little mama with the biggest heart can teach the younger one a thing or 3! Great post thank you!

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  9. Such a beautiful story Emily. Thank you for sharing.

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