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Ecuador's Flooding and the Flutes in Cuenca

El Calas road in Cuenca, EcuadorThis is not the best place to write about Ecuador's affairs but I still like to read about it and i want to summarize what some people is saying about Aids for the flooding victims that thanks to incident with Colombia, it seems everyone has forgotten, except The Prem Rawat Foundation; and how foreigners conceive the 'enculturation' process that needs to be shared with others. published an article where they explain what's the role of The Prem Rawat Foundation which donated $26,000 to Montanas de Esperanza((MdE), a local non-profit in northern Ecuador, to provide relief to flood victims in the coastal village of Santa Lucia(Nanegal, Ecuador). The grant will supply 32 tons of vital food supplies to feed 1,500 families ( about 7,500 people) at least for one month. This community is one of the most severely affected areas, MdE with the cooperation of the Ecuadorian Red Cross, Regional Andean Farmers Cooperatives, the National Emergency Operations Center, community leaders and individual volunteers will handle the deliveries of aid to flood victims, one of the largest provided in Ecuadorian coast to date.

Alicia Craven is teaching English in the Cuenca's city, where a historic and colonial environment makes her write about her experiences back there and how tourists visiting Cuenca may expect to see fedoras, flutes and roasted guinea pig, which is impaled on sticks like giant rodent popsicles. There is a passage that really makes me have some fun, because it reminded me of how culturally different people can be. This is it: "One night, on a night bus, I woke to find my chariot unmoving — a 10-foot layer of mud from a recent landslide had blocked the narrow mountain highway. Naively, I went to question the driver. "Excusing me, sir," I asked in Spanish, "but is there a plan for to cope with the mountain who fall down on our path?"

"Don't worry! There's a plan!" he assured me with a smile. "We wait!" Indeed, patience paid off, and with the help of a team of shovel-toting saviors, we were on our way a mere seven hours later."

Ecuadorans can be so much lucky. Jeff Hansel from echoes the experience of a young girl back in Ecuador and in the Saint Marys Hospital. The young girl was grown in Portoviejo and unfortunately got hit by a drunk driver while she was crossing the street near her home. All help she's obtained is thanks to opportune intervention of Hands for Humanity, based in Rochester (MN).

In Ecuador if you don't pay medical services, up front, you definitely die. Panchi, short for Francisca in Spanish, is the mother's girl(Lidia Pazminio) and she remembers: "To come to Rochester, Panchi had to raise enough money for the flight and passports. During one fundraiser, she literally stopped cars, told Lidia's story to the occupants and accepted whatever they offered."

No everything is politics and not only Colombian issues are the concern of Ecuadorans.

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