Category Archives: Ecuador

WHEELCHAIR MIRACLE

March 23, 2014 – I am on an airplane from Bogota, Colombia to Houston, Texas.

WHEELCHAIR MIRACLE

I often visit the Deseret Industries in search of wheelchairs.  Many weeks ago I found a special needs wheelchair.  It had a headrest, body harness, side supports for the body and an eating tray.  It was small.  I immediately thought about some small child in Mexico or another country that could use it.

For years Charity Anywhere Foundation works with a Catholic priest who works with severally handicapped children.  He would for sure have a home for this wheelchair.  I bought the chair for Padre Jaime’s program in Tijuana, Mexico.

I recently had reason to fly to San Diego and then drive into Tijuana where Padre Jaime has his program.  Airlines will fly wheelchairs for free.  My ticket to fly down to San Diego was a standby ticket with United Airlines.  As I checked the wheelchair in, the airline clerk said the wheelchair was also on standby so if I didn’t make the flight the wheelchair would not make it also.  Sure enough, I didn’t make the flight on United but booked a ticket with Southwest.  The special needs chair did not make the flight.

When I arrived in Tijuana, I drove to Padre Jaime’s program to deliver other items I had for him.  I looked around the room and saw a few wheelchairs not being used.  Even a special needs chair.  I was so relieved.

Upon returning home from Mexico the special needs chair was at our warehouse waiting for a home.  Shortly after returning I was scheduled to fly to Ecuador on another expedition so I took the special needs chair with me on the airplane. Yes, for free.

Our first place in Ecuador where we setup our medical, dental and vision clinic was in a Christian Chapel.  Our U.S. volunteers had brought 8 wheelchairs.  We contacted the local evangelist of the church and showed him this special needs wheelchair and we felt he might know where it could be used.  Within one hour a family arrived carrying this 11 year old girl with serious handicap problems.  She was very small and fit well into the chair.  We adjusted the headrest, put the harness on, adjusted the footrests at the right height, put the tray table on so her arms could rest, and adjusted the body side supports.  A perfect fit.

She was thrilled.  The family rolled her around the chapel at ease.  They would no longer have to carry her.  She would now be more mobile.  What a thrill to all, that this special needs chair had found the right home.  God’s hand was involved.

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Otavalo Container Loaded Today

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has donated 5040 hygiene kits, 3780 school kits, 18 100 lbs. bales of youth clothing, 9 100 lbs. of coats, and 9 100 lbs. of household goods. Charity Anywhere Foundation has added to this container 40 walking canes and 40 homemade quilts. This container will ship to Otavalo, Ecuador and should arrive in Ecuador in 3 weeks. The Mayor of Qtavalo has obtained permission to pay for the shipping and cost at Customs. The value of the container is over $400,000..

Dr. Zambrano, Charity Anywhere Foundation representative in Quito has made these arrangements for Otavalo. He has recently made similar arrangements for Tena and Limon, Ecuador. Gordon Carter

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Andes Mountains

I was in Otavalo on Monday.  Dr. Zambrano wanted someone to drive the van from Otavalo to Tena, Ecuador.  I had never thought that one thing on my bucket list would be drive over the Andes.  Yes, it was not on my bucket list.  I put it on the list Monday morning.  I was the driver.

WE started up the road to Tena on a four lane highway.  The scenery was like Idaho.  Dry and no trees.  However, the higher on the Andes we got the more green it became.  The four lane turned to 2 lanes.  Big trucks were going up and would slow us down in trying to pass.  It also started to rain some.  Finally, we went over the pass and then it really got green and the rain was constant.  We had a couple of close calls but none my fault.  These crazy drivers were truly putting me to the test.  One bus pulled out from the right heading at me so I passed him on the left.  I had 11 passengers and they all yelled at the bus.  Once over the pass I thought we would soon be down in the plain area.  But no, the mountains kept coming at us.  We were in canyons forever.  Beautiful canyons and green.  It reminded me of Guatemala.  We averaged about 40 mph.  I was surprised at how good the roads were.  We were driving over the Andes for at least 2 hours.  No straight roads.A lot of hairpins.

Now that the drive is behind me I would recommend to all that they put on their bucket list driving over the Andes.  No snow up there but it was cooler.  Once on the plains it was hot and muggy.  We hope to go back over the Andes on Sunday.

Thanks for reading.  Will be back home on Tuesday night.

Love you all.

Gordon Carter

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Andes Mountains

I was in Otavalo on Monday.  Dr. Zambrano wanted someone to drive the van from Otavalo to Tena, Ecuador.  I had never thought that one thing on my bucket list would be drive over the Andes.  Yes, it was not on my bucket list.  I put it on the list Monday morning.  I was the driver.

WE started up the road to Tena on a four lane highway.  The scenery was like Idaho.  Dry and no trees.  However, the higher on the Andes we got the more green it became.  The four lane turned to 2 lanes.  Big trucks were going up and would slow us down in trying to pass.  It also started to rain some.  Finally, we went over the pass and then it really got green and the rain was constant.  We had a couple of close calls but none my fault.  These crazy drivers were truly putting me to the test.  One bus pulled out from the right heading at me so I passed him on the left.  I had 11 passengers and they all yelled at the bus.  Once over the pass I thought we would soon be down in the plain area.  But no, the mountains kept coming at us.  We were in canyons forever.  Beautiful canyons and green.  It reminded me of Guatemala.  We averaged about 40 mph.  I was surprised at how good the roads were.  We were driving over the Andes for at least 2 hours.  No straight roads.A lot of hairpins.

Now that the drive is behind me I would recommend to all that they put on their bucket list driving over the Andes.  No snow up there but it was cooler.  Once on the plains it was hot and muggy.  We hope to go back over the Andes on Sunday.

Thanks for reading.  Will be back home on Tuesday night.

Love you all.

Gordon Carter

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Ecuador Trip

I have just a few minutes before we set off for the day.  We are in the jungle rain forest today.  There are two weather conditions here.  Raining and drizzle.

Native dancing and great stuffed talopia wrapped in banana leaves with a passion fruit dessert.  Today we work.  We went to the river which is a tributary to the Amazon.  It is Rio Napo.  There of course is water everywhere!  My hair is a little out of control.

We have a group of 20 and we will set up today in the main part of the city of Tena.  It is a large city.  We are both doing well.

WE have been fed WAY to much food.  The Mayor of Otovalo hosted us the previous night in a beautiful restaurant on the edge of the lake.  We had filet mignon and shrimp stuffed trout.  Don’t feel sorry for us.

WE have much to do today.  It takes an hour to set up the clinic.  I’m busy with children and helping with the medicine. We love the people in our group.  They are funny and kind and hard workers.  Got to go.

Love you all,

Susan Carter

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Ecuador Trip

I have just a few minutes before we set off for the day.  We are in the jungle rain forest today.  There are two weather conditions here.  Raining and drizzle.

Native dancing and great stuffed talopia wrapped in banana leaves with a passion fruit dessert.  Today we work.  We went to the river which is a tributary to the Amazon.  It is Rio Napo.  There of course is water everywhere!  My hair is a little out of control.

We have a group of 20 and we will set up today in the main part of the city of Tena.  It is a large city.  We are both doing well.

WE have been fed WAY to much food.  The Mayor of Otovalo hosted us the previous night in a beautiful restaurant on the edge of the lake.  We had filet mignon and shrimp stuffed trout.  Don’t feel sorry for us.

WE have much to do today.  It takes an hour to set up the clinic.  I’m busy with children and helping with the medicine. We love the people in our group.  They are funny and kind and hard workers.  Got to go.

Love you all,

Susan Carter

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