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Ecuador Charity

Here is an excerpt from our latest Ecuador Living Update sent to EL subscribers.

An Ecuador Living subscriber sent this note in response to our Happy New Year message about Ecuador charities and Ecuador roses.

Hello Gary, and a Happy 2009 to you, Merry and the family.  I certainly hope that LOTS has not ended up being a means of distribution of candy and cookies to poor children. That may be good for some people’s conscience, but it only makes things worse. Not only is dignity torn away from the recipient communities, but their survival and work skills deteriorate.

I can’t help remembering a case that was widely publicized in Argentina a few years ago. A totally destitute family living up north, lost one child to malnutrition and they were eating earth. When consulted, they responded “nobody came to do anything for us”. They lived on the Parana river, that’s teeming with fish, on soil so fertile that ANYTHING grows on it. They’d been welfared into total passivity.

My reply might help provide some clues about charity in Ecuador…or for that matter probably anywhere.  I replied:

Please note that I was sure to mention that those were not our packages when I said: “You can see how much help is needed from the note below by our friend, Patricia McCormick, who visited a village and distributed  gift packages (I believe from another charity) to the poor.”

We have been providing computers, free English lessons, wholesome lunches at the hotel to children, free computers and are paying for six indigenous children to go to school ranging from beginners to university..and some medical care.

Other than that we try to put the foundations money into businesses to
stimulate employment as we found that just giving money away does more harm than it helps.

We do give the Catholic Cathedral some money for food and have no control over
that but overall we try to keep what we do as uplifting as we can. We talked about providing a medical bus that could visit outlying villages last year but it became political … so we pulled back from it.

This reader is right.  Giving continual crutches does not help people how to learn how to walk better. Our goal at Land of the Sun is to help people learn how to help themselves.


Our January courses are almost full but we have plenty space in February and beyond.

Join us at a course in Cotacachi or on Ecuador’s coast this winter.

Jan. 16-21 Ecuador Spanish Course

Jan. 22-23 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

See condos like this in Cotacachi for $46,500.


Jan. 24-27 Coastal Real Estate Tour

See Manta condos like this one. Delegates are inspecting the 1,000+ square foot patio.


The patio has this view.

Feb. 9-11 Beyond Logic-Shamanic Mingo

Feb. 13-15 International Business & Investing Made EZ

Feb. 16-17 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

March 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

March 10-15 Ecuador Export Expedition

March 16-19 Coastal Real Estate Tour

Attend any three Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$1,199 for one$1,799 for two

Here is our Ecuador tour schedule for the balance of 2009.

Date                    Course                      Couples Fee

May 21-26  Ecuador Spanish Course         ($999)
May 27-28  Imbabura Real Estate Tour      ($749)

June 12-15  Shamanic Mingo Tour             ($999)
June 16-17  Imbabura Real Estate Tour      ($749)
June 18-21  Coastal Real Estate Tour         ($749)

July 2-7       Ecuador Import Export Expedition ($1,499)
July 8-9       Imbabura Real Estate Tour     ($749)
July 10-13   Coastal Real Estate Tour        ($749)

Sept. 17-22  Ecuador Spanish Course        ($999)
Sept. 23-24  Imbabura Real Estate Tour     ($749)
Sept. 25-28  Coastal Real Estate Tour        ($749)

Oct. 21-26   Ecuador Import Export Expedition ($1,499)

Nov. 6-8       International Investing and Business Made EZ Ecuador ($999)
Nov. 9-10     Imbabura Real Estate Tour          ($749)
Nov. 11-14   Coastal Real Estate Tour            ($749)

Attend any two Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$949 for one$1,349 for two

Attend any three Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$1,199 for one$1,799 for two

Better still join us all year in Ecuador! See our entire schedule of 27 courses, tours, mingos and expeditions we’ll conduct in 2009 and how to attend them FREE.

The course fee includes meeting at Quito airport (day before the
course)…transportation (by group bus) to Cotacachi and back to Quito.
Course fee does not include air are. accommodations, food or individual transportation.