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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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UVU and Weber State Students in TJ

We had 6 UVU dental students and 21 USU dental students and 26 contruction volunteers from USU and Weber State go to TJ for spring break. What a great group. They worked hard, played late every night. They helped on an orphanage, a house was completed, on an autistic program lot and building, repaired a roof for a elderly man and wife, helped support a funeral for a teenage girl’s mother, delivered 2 computers, keyboard, and quilts to the orphanage, a gave 2 computers to a church for geneology. Great work. Great people. All are in my heroes book.

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Utah Dental Convention

We finished the Utah Dental Convention Friday afternoon. We made some wonderful connections. So many people who had been on expeditions with us came to our booth and we relived their exciting adventures. It is so amazing to be around such great people who know how to serve and love others. It enlivens the soul!

Our next adventure will be to Tijuana in a couple of weeks.

Susan Carter

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Report on work in Ecuador for 2011

Dr. Zambrano just called and reported that they served over 51,000 people last year with the dental and medical team he has.  34,000 were under the contract with Petro Ecuador Oil Company and 17,000 elsewhere.  What a great work he has done with such a limited budget. Dr. Zambrano and his family plans to be here in the USA on Feb. 4-18.  We are always looking for funds and donors to continue this great work.  If you know of anyone that would consider helping and want to meet Dr. Zambrano, let me know.  He will be staying in Bountiful. BE GOOD AND DO GOOD. Gordon Carter

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Report on work in Ecuador for 2011

Dr. Zambrano just called and reported that they served over 51,000 people last year with the dental and medical team he has.  34,000 were under the contract with Petro Ecuador Oil Company and 17,000 elsewhere.  What a great work he has done with such a limited budget. Dr. Zambrano and his family plans to be here in the USA on Feb. 4-18.  We are always looking for funds and donors to continue this great work.  If you know of anyone that would consider helping and want to meet Dr. Zambrano, let me know.  He will be staying in Bountiful. BE GOOD AND DO GOOD. Gordon Carter

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thoroughly enjoyed the work

Dear Dr. Zambrano, I have been thinking about you and your family a lot lately. I constantly think about my time while I was with you all in Ecuador and how I thoroughly enjoyed the work that you do. It was such a great opportunity and I learned so much while I was there. I am grateful that there are people such as yourself and your wonderful family that dedicate themselves to helping those who are around them. I just wanted to write you and tell you how much I appreciate what you do and what you taught me while I was there. I hope to be able to come back someday as a physician and work with you. I hope that your family is doing well and I hope that the charity is seeing success in its endeavors as well. Let me know if you are ever in Salt Lake City. I would love to have you meet my family and have dinner with us. Thank you again for all that you did for me while I was there. Saludos y besos a usted y a su familia.

Sincerely, Richard Baggaley

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Dentist in Tijuana Mexico

For the last 20 years Charity Anywhere Foundation has helped volunteers go into poor areas and help on medical/dental expeditions or have worked with volunteers build and repair homes in poor neighborhoods in Central and South America and Mexico. There goal was to provide better homes and better medical advantages for those who were struggling in poverty. There have many stories to be told. But this one helped the volunteers to understand that their service was more than providing a better place to live.

Many years ago a religious group came to a poor village in Mexico. They worked together to build homes for some of those who desperately needed adequate places to live. A little girl named Juana lived in that village. Her family was very poor and lived in very challenging circumstances. She knew she was poor and would never be able to raise her head above poverty. Her eyes were cast down because she thought she had no worth. But that year these wonderful people from America came again and chose her family to assist. They spent many days hammering and pounding and painting. To her amazement, they build a nice house for her family where they could live and be safe. The Americans were smiling and playing with her. She was so happy. She began to think that if these wonderful people would build a house for her family that she must be important afterall. She thought that maybe she was an important person.

The years went by and little Juana changed her attitude and her thinking. She worked very hard so that she could go to school. In school she studied every day so that she would do well and could get a job to help her family and others. She realized that she was smart and could learn hard things. As she finished high school she determined that she wanted to be a dentist. She knew she could do it. She continued to study and work hard and soon she graduated dental school.

Dr. Juana Ramirez now works in her own office in the outskirts of Tijuana. She said that she knows how important it is to have Americans come to help. She now donates some of her time to work with the students and families who come to her area with Charity Anywhere Foundation. She wants others to have the same experience that she had. She wants other children to know that they have value and can do great things. Thanks to Dr. Ramirez, many families are able to have free dental care through CAF and their volunteers. She said that she hopes that there will be a brighter future to all those that experience the generosity of these young Americans. She envisions the changes one child at a time.

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In the Utah Statesman

A very nice article was written about Charity Anywhere Fondation in “The Utah Statesman” today.

Here are a few quotes from the news paper article.

“”Our goal is to make a difference in other countries and change attitudes and hearts here in the U.S.,” said Susan Carter, co-founder of the Charity Anywhere Foundation (CAF).”

“This year we are planning projects and expeditions to Ecuador, Guatemala, Peru, Haiti and with Native Americans in the outback of Alaska,” Carter said.”

“The CAF also has groups at the University of Utah, BYU, Utah Valley University, Weber College and in other states as well as Great Britain. Clearfield High School is sending a group of over 60 people sponsored by the organization to Tijuana to repair and build houses over Christmas break.”

To read the full article, please follow this link to The Utah Statesman.

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