A Back-Breaking Struggle Against Poverty
Jesus Enrique is a proud father and loving husband who works tirelessly to provide for his family, but despite his best efforts he cannot free himself from the grip of poverty on his own. Several years ago, Jesus immigrated from Venezuela in search of work but soon discovered that there are few employment options open to Venezuelans in Quito, so he took to the streets, working at stoplights selling what he could. This is demanding work, requiring perseverance to withstand insults from those driving by and the strength to endure long hours in all types of weather. Unfortunately, the pandemic has made selling on the streets nearly impossible. It is not profitable and now also illegal. As Jesus Enrique …
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- The circle of poverty can be broken and that begins with a relationship with Jesus Christ.
- All can share their gifts and talents and have the potential to serve others.
- In ministry done with excellence through financial stewardship, following ethical guidelines, and investing in lasting partnerships.
WHAT WE DO
On the second Sunday of each month in our ministry, we cook and then distribute the food to the people in need in streets. Per month we serve over 100 hot meals, we also give spiritual nourishment by sharing the gospel.
Goal: To improve children's chances of success in life. Last year (2022) we distributed more than 300 school kits and backpacks, plus grocery bags. We also do about 8 VBS youth camps and sports for the children each year in the summer.
In the last year (2022) our beneficiaries had about 2000 medical appointments. In addition, we have an annual health fair that screens patients for basic intervention needs. At these events we also distribute vitamins for the children to help against malnutrition.
The micro-entrepreneurship program is designed to support our beneficiaries with their business ideas. If selected, they receive seed capital of up to $100 in materials.
Projects include basic garbage removal and the construction of bathrooms, kitchens, and even small apartments.
300 food kits sent to help the victims of the floods in 2008. 7,500 families helped after the 2016 earthquake with emergency kits and shelters. 600 Venezuelan immigrant families helped in 2018. 2500 immigrants helped in 2019. In the La Gasca flood in 2022, a total of 68 people, made up of 18 families, received help with food, hygiene kits, medical care, clothing, various items, among others.
WHO WE SERVE
Pan de Vida seeks to reach out to the families that fall under the line of poverty. These families are located on the peripheral areas of Quito. We believe we can make a difference in the lives of children, parents or families, ultimately breaking the circle of poverty in our community.
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MEET SOME OF
Ana a migrant woman and a struggling mother. She migrated from Venezuela to Ecuador. In 2020, her husband contracted covid virus while she was pregnant …
Azucena is a young woman from the community of Cotacachi, her family consists of her husband Ruben and her three children: Erik (2 years old), …
Patricia is a mother of two who used to work in a snack company. She was able to take advantage of the relationships she made …
Andrea (28) lives alone with her two children. Her ex-husband is an alcoholic. Her son Mathias is 10 and goes to school. Talking to Andrea, …
Christina Astudillo – fighter in the light of God
Christina Astudillo is an ecuadorian mother with four adult children, two of them are living with her. She is a professional hairdresser and worked in …
Finding Hope Again – The Story of Yerenice Ramos
Yerenice Ramos and her family migrated from Venezuela to Ecuador leaving everything behind, she worked there as a hairdresser hoping to continue with her profession …
Jessica Chicaiza – a strong businesswoman
Jessica and her family are living in Ecuador. She sold pijamas and slippers, but since COVID-19 affected the country badly, she had big problems selling …
Repairing Lives: Leydis and Bill’s Story
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A Back-Breaking Struggle Against Poverty
Jesus Enrique is a proud father and loving husband who works tirelessly to provide for his family, but despite his best efforts he cannot free …
Alejandro Vidal: Guidance at Traffic Lights
When the traffic light turns red, Alejandro Vidal walks between the cars near Avenue Brazil with a basket full of marshmallows and his hands holding …
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