OUR INDIGENOUS ELDERS NEED FOOD
In this pandemic we are called first to protect our Kichwa elders, to keep them strong. Our grandfathers and grandmothers need food now. We will not let them suffer and starve.
THE ELDERS CAN'T GROW ENOUGH FOOD
Our grandfathers and grandmothers need food now. They cannot rely on what they can grow seasonally on small parcels of land. With no income due to the economic shutdown during the pandemic, they may die from lack of food.
THE ELDERS HOLD OUR WISDOM
Within our Kichwa world, it is the elders who hold the wisdom and ancestral knowledge transmitted to our children. The elders are the pillars, the ones who sustain and transmit Kichwa runa culture.
THE KICHWA PEOPLE CARE FOR OUR ELDERS
We who work with the Muyumi Kanki Kichwa Cultural Center witness every day the toll this pandemic is taking on poor elders and hungry families in crisis hidden away in our mountain communities. We are the guardians of community elders at great risk. We must safeguard their precious lives and our ancient culture.
WE DELIVER FOOD DIRECTLY TO THEIR HOMES
We buy, disinfect, package and deliver free emergency food and coronavirus prevention materials like face masks and Kichwa language advice to the homes of some of the poorest indigenous elders and families in Cotacachi.
100% OF YOUR DONATION GOES TO FOOD
Help us protect our grandparents, the most vulnerable indigenous people in our region, from starvation. Your donations to this project are only used to purchase food, not administrative costs.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Each "food basket" in Ecuador costs close to $15. In the US, that same food basket would cost about $50. We buy food in bulk from local food markets and divide that food among fifty to one hundred households per community.
We strive to reach the hidden hungry elders in fifteen of the poorest local Kichwa communities in Cotacachi.
$15 donation buys emergency food for one household for one week
$50 donation buys emergency food for four households for one week
$100 donation buys emergency food for eight households for one week
$500 donation buys emergency food for all the elders in a small Kichwa community for one week.
$1000 donation buys emergency food for all the elders in a large Kichwa community for one week
We will continue to rotate food deliveries to the poorest communities as long as we receive donations or until the pandemic and its economic impact ends.
SHUNKUMANTA YUPAYCHANCHIK (From our hearts, we thank you),
Koya, Apak and Watari for the Muyumi Kanki Kichwa Cultural Center of Cotacachi, Ecuador
$6615 IN OFFLINE DONATIONS WERE RAISED IN THE FIRST TWO WEEKS BEFORE WE STARTED THIS GO FUND ME CAMPAIGN. IN GRATITUDE, WE ACKNOWLEDGE ALL OF THEIR DONATIONS ON THIS CAMPAIGN DONATIONS PAGE.