Newsletter December 2019


Welcome to this Christmas Newsletter, which keeps you up to date with everything that has been going on lately in the Martin Chambers Ecuador Trust Charity.

In this edition we look at how the Trust has been helping our friends in Ecuador, namely Sagrada Familia School, Guayaquil, but also further north in the city of Portoviejo, which was devastated a couple of years ago in the earthquake.

As we approach the Feast of Christmas when families gather around and share of their resources, let us gather around our needy friends in Ecuador and tell them, through our support, how much we value them and how much we care for them.

  • Bienvenidos

  • Christmas Presents for Ecuador

  • Paul VI Centre for Disabled

  • Sagrada Familia School

  • Dignity Amidst the Poverty

  • Soup Kitchen

  • Helping the Needy In the Earthquake

  • Story of Gisella Vidal

  • And Finally…

Are you thinking about helping the poorest at Christmas time?  Our friends in Ecuador need your help all year round, but here are three ways you can help them this Christmas:

  • By PAYING THE SCHOOL FEES: The Head Teacher knows the personal circumstances of each pupil and this allows the Trust to offer to pay the school fees of the poorest children. If families cannot  afford to send their children to school, the children would perhaps lose the chance to develop in life and eventually to find work.
  • By RUNNING THE SOUP KITCHEN: Each day between 80 and 90 children come to the Soup Kitchen because their families cannot afford to feed them. At the Kitchen they are given a plate of home-made soup, a glass of fresh fruit juice and then a plate of rice and beans.  This fills their stomach but it also means that when they come to class they are able to concentrate on the work before them.  The money needed to run the Soup Kitchen comes entirely from your donations.
  • By SUPPORTING DISABLED CHILDREN in the Paul VI Centre at Portoviejo. In the Centre, 90 disabled children receive physiotherapy, occupational therapy and animal therapy they otherwise could not afford.  The Centre relies on individual donations to support the specialists and nurses to help run the Centre.


Paul VI Centre for Disabled

Over the last few years we have been helping support the ‘Paul VI Centre for Disabled’ in the north of Ecuador, in the city of Portoviejo.  The city was near the epicentre of the recent earthquake, which left so many people devastated.  Still – 3 years on from the disaster – people are trying to rebuild their lives.  This Centre is part of the rebuilding process.

This ‘Paul VI Centre’ is a charity run by the Archdiocese of Portoviejo and only exists through charitable donations.  The Ecuador Trust has sent several donations in recent years.  Families bring their disabled children to the Centre and receive treatment they otherwise could not afford.  At the moment there are around 90 children who attend the Centre.

Read the full Christmas 2019 Newsletter here:

Christmas Newsletter 2019