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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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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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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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Safe in Guatemala

The group left this morning and went to Lake Atitlan. They spent some time at an orphanage this morning then went to the lake. It will be really beautiful there. They are staying there tonight then heading to Guatemala City tomorrow. We will meet up with them there.

The day care building is built very well and Dan Nielsen painted this beautiful mural on the outside wall. Great party with the village children last night. Some playground equipment was delivered a couple of days ago and the children have gone nuts.

We have had some incredible experiences. The scenery is spectacular. It was quite warm in Senahu but here we are quite cold. In fact I have worn my jacket all day. Please continue your prayers for us. The rain has not been as bad as it could be and has held off while we have been working. We stayed at this beautiful coffee plantation house one night at the top of the mountains. The rain came and thunder and lightning came in right after we got there. It was spectacular!!!! Very nice accommodations there!

We gave out incaperina to the people in the village near by. There were twin one month olds that we so worrisome. I know there was one child that I might of saved because I was there. I was helping with the incaperina delivery and this little 5 month girl came. But she had not gained weight in 2 months and Yvonne was telling her mother that she couldn´t be on the program any more because she was probably not getting the food. I reached over and touched the child´s arm she was burning with fever. I told Yvonne that this child was sick. The mother said she had been sick but she couldn´t get the medicine. We had her stay back to see the healthcare worker. Money was made available so she could get the medicine and of course she is still able to get the incaperina. There were some tender moments.

We went to Sumac Shampay which was a mountain pools made from a river stream. The river was dirty of course but these pools were blue and beautiful. I could imagine in my mind that the Waters of Mormon looked like this area. Amazing. We may try to fly to Tekal this week. We are planning to meet with church leaders on Wed. Just by coincidence the area humanitarian leader over all Central America was in Senahu while we were there. We want to talk to him about Humanitarian opportunities in the vilages there. The lady, Yvonne; really scared us to death with all the tales she told us, but we have felt quite safe everywhere. We were stopped by the police on one road but as soon as we showed our passport entry mark they waved us on. Lots of drug traffic in the area around Coban. Love to all of you. I have a TON of things in my heart that I cannot write at this time. It is extremely tender.

Again..continue your prayers for us. Susan

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Guatemala

What a trip this has been. The Guatemala scenery is beyond description. Beautiful. We have had 3 other adults with us and they agree. One has been to Peru and Hawaii.

We have been busy giving away the luggage stuff we brought. It has been most interesting. We went to a new branch here in Quetzal and the thing they were most excited about was the empty suitcases we left for future missionaries. They said they were going to hang them both on the little chapel wall. By the way the chapel was a house and we held the sacrament meeting in the double car garage. This is the second Sunday they have held sacrament. We are helping them put up a couple of walls to make more classrooms. Very poor area.

We head for the capital tomorrow. A lot to show and talk about when we return.

The Incaperina program is doing more than I thought. Very happy with that.

We hope to be home a week from Wednesday. Hope to see you all then.

BE GOOD AND DO GOOD.

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Amazing Days

Hello everyone, I just have a few minutes to let you know that we are now out of the mountains and will be in Guatemala City tomorrow. We have had such an amazing experience as we have handed out the incaperina. There were at least 6 sets of twins. They have a hard time because they usually have low birth weight and then the mother doesn’t usually have enough milk. I saw at least one child that I doubt will live. He was an older boy about 3 but just laid in his mothers lap. All the children were very lethargic.

Stayed at a fantastic place last night, a coffee plantation high in the mountains. I have to go for the minute but I´ll write later tonight.

Susan

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Senahu

We are at Senahu today to do the incaperina distribution.  We had a safe trip here and made it up the mountain yesterday.  We had a portion of the trip that was like Indiana Jones but most of the most dangerous area has now been paved and so we were able to travel swiftly and safely.  There are mud slides everywhere!  We had to take a shortcut because the main road was blocked yesterday.  The country is so beautiful.  We had a huge rainstorm this morning but it cleared and these beautiful tropical bird started their songs, amazing.

Yesterday we went to a huge celebration in the community of Nueva Pañin.  They had just completed a water project from a little spring in the mountains down to the 42 huts in the village.  There was music and dancing and simple fireworks and palm branches and balloons.  In accompaniment with this water project we gave out the hygiene kits for the LDS humanitarian. This was a huge deal to have clean water delivered to their homes.  No more carrying water for miles every day.  It is this kind of project that i wish the church could have been involved with.  There is another group coming up next week that are going to help build kitchen gardens in this village so they can grow food.  We are partnering with this great QUE che group that is very forward thinking.  There are so many needs here and i love that we can be part of the solution.

It is market day today in the square so everyone is here to buy for the week.  It is amazing.  We rented two 4 wheeled drive vehicles in Guatemala City that had darkened windows so they couldn’t tell how many were in the car or that we were Americans.  The 4 wheel drive came in handy in several spots because it is so muddy and rugged.  Yvonne said sometime we need to come in the dry season to see how lovely it can be but this is part of the adventure. We were so muddy last night.  No water or electricity in our little hotel.  Thankfully we had water this morning…cold shower!

We will be here again tonight and then tomorrow we go to another village that has an Incaperina distribution.  Yvonne said that many of the mothers die in child birth here because of the malnutrition and the lack of medical attention.  She is proposing we help with a critical care maternity shelter where at risk mothers can stay close by medical personnel in Senahu.  Thank you so much for all each of you have given to help these mothers and babies.  I can see how great the need is here and what a difference it makes.  We are saving lives!!!  We still need to expand the program and have several ideas to help raise funds.  We hope you will be willing to help.

Tomorrow night Yvonne said we are staying at the most beautiful place on earth.  We are excited to do that. I love you all!!!!!  Pray for us as we do the same for you.

Susan Carter

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