Ecuador Food Fundraiser

Thank you SOOO MUCH for all your donations! We’re so grateful that so many of you have donated to help feed the elderly, disabled and jobless families (and their fur babies) of Olón Ecuador and the nearby comunas during this crisis!

If you would like to help feed people and/or their fur babies, click the buttons below. Your entire donation will go directly to buy food (minus the payment processing fees). Thank you for your help!

Food Drive Updates

5/28/2020 – We met up with the volunteers helping feed the dogs and cats in Olón and nearby comunas in our latest video.

5/15/2020 – Over the past week, the Olón and Montañita volunteers have provided food to the comunas of Olón, Montañita, San Vicente, Cadeate, Manglaralto, Libertador Bolivar, Dos Mangas, San Pedro, Valdivia, Sinchal, El Suspiro y San Andrés. The Coastal Animal Rescue used the funds we raised to purchase a bulk order of dog and cat food from Guayaquil. That food will only last a few weeks and then they’ll need more so we could really use some more donations. If you donate directly to them via their website, we’ll save some payment processing fees leaving more food for animals and less profit for banks.

5/12/2020 – Ariel and the Montañita Volunteers delivered food to Manglaralto and Libertador Bolivar yesterday, while Jenny with Juntos por Olón delivered food to Cadeate. These comunas are far more rustic than Olón so they lack a strong gringo community to help raise funds for food. While the elderly, disabled, unemployed and children of Olón and Montañita still need continued support for food and medication, the smaller comunas have even worse conditions. Thanks to your donations and the funds raised by the volunteers, we’re able to provide at least a little food for a lot of people. We spoke to another person yesterday who is running his own food distribution efforts and he told us that several of the people he visited with food here in Olón had not eaten in several days. The elderly people are especially vulnerable right now. On a positive note, we have not had a death in Olón during the past week. Hopefully we’ve peaked.

5/8/2020 – We met with Jonathan, the Vice-President of Olón, along with Rodolfo and Maria del Carmen at The Sea Garden House today. Rodolfo and Maria del Carmen are also running their own food drive, as are several other people in Olón and the smaller comunas to the north of us. Jenny and Stefano from the Olón volunteers (who we’ve featured in previous videos) have raised over $10,000 to help feed people in this area. Jonathan wanted to meet with us to tell us that this area is sufficiently covered for now and there are other comunas to the south and east in the jungle that need help far more than Olón. He wanted to see if we could help them so we contacted Ariel who is leading the Montañita volunteers and he sent out one of his team members to a couple of the other comunas and they are in desperate need of help. Some of the comunas don’t have running water (city water) so they don’t have any expat communities. That means no one is there to help them who has access to money or donors. We’re going to donate $5,000, which is enough to deliver 100 food packages to 7 different comunas in the next week. That won’t be nearly enough to meet the demand, but it’s a start. That process will give us a better idea of the need in each of those areas so the following week, some may receive more or less.

5/6/2020 – We received the following message this morning from Grace, the President of Comuna Montañita. While she is thanking us, the assistance we’re providing wouldn’t be possible without YOUR generosity! And for that, we’re eternally grateful!

“Thank you very much for the help that you do to the people of my town 😭 I have tears of joy in knowing that we have people like you. God continue blessing you 🙏🏼🙌🏼”

We also helped Comuna Olón purchase some medical supplies, including two oxygen tank refills and masks for the tanks. The tanks were donated by a different fundraiser and were recently used to save 2 lives. The elderly people in this area have been hit very hard by this virus.

5/4/2020 – The Olón volunteers are sporting their new safety suits. All of the volunteers are in the low risk group, but they are delivering mostly to high risk people: the elderly. That’s why it’s so important that they wear protective gear during their deliveries. Thanks to your generosity, they are now delivering more than 80 bags of food, 6 days per week!

5/1/2020 – We visited the community garden here in Olón yesterday and they’ve made a lot of progress in a short time. Most of the underbrush has been cleared and they already have a few things growing, including cucumbers and tomatoes.

4/29/2020 – 19 people have tested positive for COVID-19 here in Olón. The 19 families are under voluntary quarantine so Jenny’s team is providing them with food and medical supplies so they don’t need to leave home. The protective suits for the volunteers arrived today so they’ll be better protected while working on the front lines. Ariel’s team assembled 550 bags of food and supplies to be delivered in Montañita tomorrow.

4/27/2020

4/24/2020 – We had our first “coop” conf call last night with the leaders of the Olón and Montañita food drives (Jenny and Ariel) and came to the realization that we need to raise a minimum of $14,000/month to continue supporting people at our current level, which is only a fraction of the need. That’s just for Olón and Montañita, and the families are only getting 1 food kit every 1 to 2 weeks, which isn’t enough to keep them from starving. Some of the comunas south of here are larger and are suffering even more because there aren’t enough fruit trees growing around those towns to feed people. This is just heartbreaking! We’re now working together to get the best possible price on food so we can help the most people while providing the most nutritious food to help boost immune systems. Once we get the logistics worked out with Olón and Montañita working together, we’re going to start inviting other comunas to join our coop to get better prices and economies of scale. Needless to say, your continued support is very much appreciated!

Meet the Olón Volunteers

Thanks to the amazing team of volunteers, we have a way to use the money we’re raising! They go out each morning, buy food, package it and deliver it to those in need. We are so grateful to have these heroes in our small community!

The Montañita Volunteers

We’ve received so many donations that we’ve started helping the people of Montañita, too! The Montañita volunteers bought, assembled and delivered over 200 packages today!

Olón’s Community Garden Project

Your donations mainly go to feed people now, but some of them will also be used to help grow food for the future. Olón’s community garden project is designed to not only provide food for the long term, but also an additional revenue stream for the community so they aren’t entirely dependent on tourism.

Donations & Distributions

Our goal is to be as transparent as possible with the money you donate. All funds will be used to buy food, medicine and important supplies (like soap and disinfectant) for the people of Olón Ecuador and nearby comunas.

Due to the volume of donations, we’re now able to coordinate our efforts with other comunas and combine resources to get the best deal on food, as well as arrange for consistent delivery of fruits and vegetables.

Here is the current status of the donations we’ve received and how they’re being distributed:

Total Donations

Fundraiser Started: April 10, 2020

As of May 29, 2020

# of Contributions: 371

Total Raised (after bank fees): $27,308

Food for People: $21,773

Food for Dogs & Cats: $5,536

Bank Payment Processing Fees: $1,170

Distributions

Food for People: $17,413
Remaining: $4,360

Food for Dogs & Cats: $5,099
Remaining: $437

Here is the log of our distributions:

  • Date
  • 4/12/20
  • 4/12/20
  • 4/14/20
  • 4/15/20
  • 4/18/20
  • 4/20/20
  • 4/22/20
  • 4/23/20
  • 4/24/20
  • 4/27/20
  • 4/29/20
  • 5/1/20
  • 5/1/20
  • 5/2/20
  • 5/4/20
  • 5/6/20
  • 5/9/20
  • 5/10/20
  • 5/11/20
  • 5/12/20
  • 5/15/20
  • 5/18/20
  • 5/21/20
  • 5/23/20
  • 5/29/20
  • Recipient
  • Juntos por Olón
  • La Entrada Volunteers
  • Coastal Animal Rescue
  • Juntos por Olón
  • Juntos por Olón
  • Coastal Animal Rescue
  • Montañita Volunteers
  • Juntos por Olón
  • Montañita Volunteers
  • Juntos por Olón
  • Montañita Volunteers
  • Coastal Animal Rescue
  • Juntos por Olón
  • Juntos por Olón
  • Comuna Olón
  • Comuna Montañita
  • Juntos por Olón
  • Montañita Volunteers
  • Montañita Volunteers
  • Coastal Animal Rescue
  • Montañita Volunteers
  • Montañita Volunteers
  • Juntos por Olón
  • Montañita Volunteers
  • Montañita Volunteers
  • Amount
  • $50
  • $100
  • $400
  • $400
  • $400
  • $1,000
  • $500
  • $800
  • $170
  • $800
  • $1,000
  • $2,000
  • $800
  • $800
  • $700
  • $185
  • $1,000
  • $814
  • $814
  • $1,699
  • $1,800
  • $1,000
  • $800
  • $2,220
  • $2,260