A Home for the Elderly
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Since the 1980’s, both the rural and suburban areas of a parish in Ecuador have been greatly impacted by a mass emigration to the US and Spain. Among the numerous results of the mass emigration has been the disintegration of families. This in turn has contributed to the neglect and/or abandonment of the elderly who have traditionally depended on the presence of a cohesive family to help meet their needs. The 2008 door-to-door pastoral mission of the parish reports that there are approximately 100 elderly suffering from neglect and/or abandonment in the community. Members of this vulnerable group live in inadequate dwellings, suffering in isolation from poor nutrition and/or lack access to quality health care. The objective of this project is to build, equip, and secure the future maintenance of a home with the initial capacity to meet the housing, social, medical, and nutritional needs of 40 neglected and/or abandoned elderly. As of April 24th, 2009, the community contribution was valued at approximately $42,000.00 USD in the form of material and monetary donations as well as fundraiser profits. This sum is approximately 35% of the estimated construction costs. With these funds, the first floor of the home is currently well under construction. However, the pro-construction committee requests Peace Corps Partnership Program support to help cover the impending cost of the construction of a second floor over part of the home for the elderly.