Category Archives: Medical Expeditions

Trip to Tena Ecuador

Outside it is pouring rain with thunder and lightning sparking the night. I am safely under a huge covering enjoying the experience. We have been in Tena, Ecuador all day. There was a presentation by the Mayor to Gordon and Charity Anywhere. The airforce was represented, the fire department, the senior citizen group, the health department and two other mayors representing 10 mayors in the province. It was not a huge deal but the TV camera’s were there and we smiled a lot. The container that was sent 3 months ago had been unloaded and some of the contents were displayed including the ambulance which we had purchased from Malad, Idaho.

Our CAF team worked all day Tuesday and all day today. There were 3 doctors and 6 dentists. We went outside the town a few miles to see 3 of the wheelchairs we had donated. They were for twin that were disabled since birth……WOW there just was a HUGE lightning strike, like right beside me and and enormous thunder. I just about jumped out of my skin!!!!!

It has been a unique experience. It all started when we arrive in Quito at 9:30 Monday night. We were both tired. Dr. Z picked us up and said we are driving to Tena that night. That is 4 hours away up over the Andies into the Amazon rain forest. I would have preferred to tuck into a nice bed but off we went! We talked most of the way and it went by fast. But we drove thru Tena and just kept going. The roads got narrower and narrower. I asked where we were staying… I started to get a little suspicious when Dr. Z couldn’t find the right road. He crossed a small bridge and said it was somewhere close. I saw NOTHING. He slowed by a small dirt road. And sure enough he pulled off. It was like taking a road thru a cow pasture. We just kept going and going. Finally….we pulled up to some small houses. When we got into the room it was beautiful! This place is like a little paradise in the middle of the jungle!. There is a clear river right beside our room. This place has a pool and a hot tub. A volleyball area and lovely areas to just bask in the sun. It is quite warm here and there is 90% humidity. There are these beautiful mountains all around the town that are covered with mists and clouds. Dr. Z said they were sacred mountains and you can actually find gold there still.

We have been treated like Santa Claus. We’ve been wined and dined at their nicest places. We have found some of the friends who came to Salt Lake. It has been a very unique experience. We will be leaving here tomorrow afternoon to go to Quito. On Friday we go to Otovalo to meet with Mayor Mario. Saturday we head back to the USA.

I love you all and hope you are doing well.

Susan Carter

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Other Projects

2) The Solar project. Gordon Hamm brought and we installed four solar systems. One was a grow box in the Branch Garden. Others were in members homes who do not have electricity. It gets dark at 6 and light at 6. The lights hopefully will at least allow them to have light so they can read scriptures, prepare lessons and read at night. It will make such a difference in there home.

3) Around 20 Flashlights were distributed that can be recharged by hand. They were sure a hit and will be put to very good use.

4) Assistance to the coch family. Gordon Hamm developed a close relationship with this family when he went down with his family. There daughter Anna is the only seminary graduate from last year. She works six days a week in the Restaraunt of President Lico for an income of about 35Q per day (around $4.67 per day) She takes all her income home. While there brother coch cut his foot with a Machete and had to have stitches. We took a load of wood to the family and they were also given some funds from the donations. We also installed a solar light in there home. They were very appreciate of the help.

5) They are just finishing a new Clinic that we can possibly utilize in the future for Dental and Medical. Scott worked many hours to help them get a piece of equipment operational. He developed a very good relationship with the staff. We may want to explore using the facility and taking medical groups in the future.

6) Debbie and Katie worked with the Spradins a missionary couple from El Dorado Arkansas. They did some teaching in some schools and worked with the missionaries on teaching English at the Church. Debbie also made a trip with them to a very remote village, and it about killed her getting there. Fortunately the mayor of the community drove them back in her nice vehicle. The conditions of the members is very meager, especially in the mountain villages where so much work needs to be done. Yet they have smiles on there faces and appreciate so much all that is done for them.

7) We found a young boy with size 12 shoes, and took him the store and bought him new shoes, socks and a spiderman backpack. He was so proud.

8) Dave Otts daughter made some beautiful purses that we were able to pass out, and were very well received. He also brought alot of small toys and other items that were passed out, all were a big hit with the children.

9) Debbie Clark worked with President Licos wife on her Diabetes. She has provided her with a testing meter, strips and spent alot of time giving her good input on what she needs to do to try and get her Diabetes under control.

I apologize if anything has been left out. Gordon in my seven years of doing Humanitarian work I have never come back from a trip feeling so personally satisfied. I am so grateful for the Donations that were raised by Dave Ott and Ron Truman, along with all of the materials donated by Gordon Hamm for the Solar Projects. Debbie Clark also took down around 80 white shirts for Missionaries. 50 were left in Guatemala City and 30 were left with President Lico in Senahu. I can see why they are called the forgotten people. The Bus ride is a grueling 10 hours from Guatemala City, around 7 on dirt roads. Fortunately the bus that is now based in Senahu was very comfortable and reasonable, only 300Q each way around ($40 us). There is so much we can do in Senahu-Seamy and in my opinion District President Lico is the one to help us in our work.

Best group I have ever worked with, such a pleasure and so much good was accomplished for these good people.

Ted Dodge

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CAF is supporting the following projects

Charity Anywhere Foundation is supporting the following projects on a monthly basis.

  • Safe Harbour – Layton, Utah – Domestic violence for women and children – Furnish supplies for living.
  • Safe Harbour – Salt Lake City, Utah – Domestic violence for women and children- Furnish living supplies.
  • Lowell Park Apartment- Salt Lake City, Utah – Low cost housing Senior citizen center – Furnish supplies to keep seniors active and productive.
  • St. Vincent medical clinic – Tijuana, Mexico – We pay their utilities each month.
  • Casa de Hogar – Tijuana, Mexico – orphanage – 75 children – Each month we supply living supplies.
  • Malnurished women and children – Senahu, Guatemala – Each month we support 200 mothers and children with Incaperina
  • Daycare center for single mothers – Quetzaltenago, Guatemala – Daily child care for single working mothers.
  • Medical and dental services – Ecuador – Each month we have 2-4 medical-dental expeditions to poor villages throughout Ecuador.

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Guatemala Photos

Here are a couple of photos from our trip to Guatemala.

Incaperina distribution to malnourished children. They were give a 6 bags of Incaperina and 2 bags of sugar. That was to last the child for 2 months.

Volunteer group from SLC completed kitchen gardens for 22 families in the Alta Veripaz area at Neuvo Palin.

This is the beautiful painting on the outside of the daycare in Quetzaltenango. Kid-nnectedWorld helped by donating playground equipment, fencing and all the paint for inside and outside the building,plus cement for a small patio.

Malnourished child from mountain village.

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Back from Guatemala

We are exhausted and trying to catch our breath.  It is so hard to think that we are in this land of “PLENTY” after being in such a primitive area.  We have traveled  through time about 200 years.  I cry everytime I think of the conditions of the people there and pray to the Lord to bless them and give them the bounties of the earth.  These are just a few pix to let you feel of the country.

Susan

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Goodbye Guatemala

Just a quick note to let you all know that we are leaving Guatemala this morning. We are both exhausted but the work here was very rewarding. We can’t wait to tell you about it. We had some complications and had to stay a few extra days.

We had a very hard working group this trip. They are continuing on for the next week to lay tile at the daycare in Questaltanago. We will be in touch with you later.

Susan Carter

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