More motivation to reach my dreams

 

Students who receive scholarships from the Tandana Foundation each have their own story on how this financial aid is impacting their lives today and for years to come. One of these students, Alex Francisco Quilumbango Perugachi, shares his story of how scholarships have motivated him and his siblings to try harder in school and gain knowledge to be successful in their future careers.  Continue reading “More motivation to reach my dreams”

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Making my own story in Otavalo

Participating in volunteer trips to different countries enables live encounters with diverse cultures and communities. During one of the Tandana Foundation’s recent Health Care Volunteer Ventures trips, a young participant learned first hand how these personal experiences can broaden a person’s understanding of the world beyond what they may be used to. She shares her unique story of volunteering in Otavalo, Ecuador, in the following blog post. Continue reading “Making my own story in Otavalo”

Tandana is unity

The Tandana Foundation is a network of diverse people and communities across the world. It is the strength of this network working together that allows Tandana and its partners to achieve community goals, while fostering caring intercultural relationships based on mutual respect and responsibility. On the last day of a recent Gardening Volunteer Venture trip to Padre Chupa, Ecuador, Teresa Marrinan reflected upon her understanding of who Tandana is. In the following blog post, Teresa describes all the people whom she encountered and learned from as a gardening volunteer with Tandana, including its founder Anna Taft, and how she now feels forever a part of this extended network and Tandana itself. Continue reading “Tandana is unity”

A scholarship student looking forward to being a health volunteer

Scholarships enable students to go to school to learn skills in order to obtain jobs, but also to help others in their community. Below, Tandana scholarship recipient Joselyn Gabriela Almeida Bravo describes what she is learning in pursuit of a nursing degree and how she aspires to one day use this education to give back as a participant in Tandana’s Health Care Volunteer Venture program. Continue reading “A scholarship student looking forward to being a health volunteer”

Easing the financial burden of education

Through the generous support of its donors, providing scholarships is one important way the Tandana Foundation assists promising students in pursuing their educational aspirations. Each student’s story is unique, along with their future career goals. In the following, Sisa Pacari Fuerez López recounts her family’s struggles to pay for the children’s schooling, and shares how Tandana’s scholarship has helped ease their financial burden and enabled Sisa and her siblings to continue advancing in their education. Continue reading “Easing the financial burden of education”

Going beyond medical support

In the rural communities of the Quichinche parish, getting access to medical care is not always easy. Residents often wait long amounts of time to receive support and assistance through Ecuador’s public health system. Twice each year, the Tandana Foundation‘s Health Care Volunteer Venture teams and staff from the public health centers visit these rural communities to provide primary care to the local residents. Tandana’s Patient Follow Up Coordinator then works with the patients who are referred for additional care, advocating for them in the public health system. It is our goal that, through this process, patients learn how to use the system on their own. In the following videos and translations of their transcripts, three of these patients explain in their own words how the HCVV visits helped them receive needed medical support and more. 
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Language barriers and Tandana

My name is Joseph White and I’m a student going into my fourth year at the University of Cincinnati. I’m majoring in Psychology and minoring in Africana Studies and Sociology. I’m the first in my family to attend college, so a lot of my time at the university has been spent building a network of people that are already doing the things that I want to do. My success begins on a small scale. A college education is not the standard in my family. Continue reading “Language barriers and Tandana”

Learning while working alongside nature’s caretaker

Matias on the left and Hope on the right.

Many of the Tandana Foundation volunteers, who have come to Ecuador on Gardening Volunteer Ventures since 2013 as well as other programs, have worked alongside Matias Perugachi and learned how to grow plants, raise crops and nurture trees in our joint efforts to make the area more productive and sustainable. We have planted trees on hillsides to break the wind and along community streets to add greenery and purify the air. We have planted gardens at the community’s health center and schools to improve nutrition, and we have worked in the fields to plant and tend crops to provide food. Continue reading “Learning while working alongside nature’s caretaker”

Dreams become possible through education

Gladys (derecha) después de graduarse con otros estudiantes

My name is Gladys Estefania Torres Imba. I am 20 years old and I live with my parents and my three brothers, 3 kilometers from the city of Otavalo, in the community of Panecillo. I am the only daughter in my family . My father is a bricklayer and my mother is a housewife. She did not have the opportunity to go to school, and my father only went to school until third grade, which is why he works in that profession. However, they have worked hard so that my brothers and I can receive an education. All my brothers are studying at school. One of my brothers receives a scholarship from the Tandana Foundation, just like me. Being the only daughter, I am the first in the family that is going forward with university studies.

Continue reading “Dreams become possible through education”

Assisting a health center in providing services to the community

Through its health program in Ecuador, The Tandana Foundation works with the Quichinche Subcentro, a rural health center in Ecuador, to support its work caring for the people of the parish. Tandana collaborates with its staff to visit the more distant communities, to follow up with patients identified during these visits who need additional care, and also to support the staff’s health education work. The following is the story written about a recent collaboration by the director of the Subcentro. Continue reading “Assisting a health center in providing services to the community”

Motilón Chupa: a diverse community based on collaboration

Members of the Tandana Foundation, along with volunteers from the Ohio Master Gardener program and from several U.S. universities have recently traveled to Motilón Chupa, Ecuador, to collaborate with community members on several projects. These projects included installing a water tank to improve the community’s irrigation system and planting a garden near the school. The following is a story written by Motilón Chupa’s president about the history of the community, its diverse people, and how Tandana’s staff and volunteer support helps them achieve the residents’ long-term goals. Continue reading “Motilón Chupa: a diverse community based on collaboration”

Working at the weather station

The following is a story by Galo José Perugachi Suarez about his life and work at a weather station in Ecuador. The Tandana Foundation has collaborated with Galo on the creation of a self-guided eco-trail and on planting trees and flowers at the weather station. In turn, Galo often educates the foundation’s volunteers about his observations at the station and the work that he does.
Continue reading “Working at the weather station”

Fixing the roof of Padre Chupa’s community school

For many years, the Tandana Foundation has partnered with the members of the community of Padre Chupa to carry out community projects, such as the roof repair that Segundo writes about.

In a very remote area, approximately 25 kilometers from the city of Otavalo, a small community called Padre Chupa is located, which is home to more than 40 families.

Continue reading “Fixing the roof of Padre Chupa’s community school”

Planting seeds, growing friendships

You won’t find Motilón Chupa on Google Maps. This indigenous Kichwa community high in the Andes in the far reaches of Imbabura Province of Ecuador is literally and figuratively at the end of the road. The community is a tight-knit group of people, living in isolated small houses on steep hillsides with no public buildings other than the elementary school. Continue reading “Planting seeds, growing friendships”

Many thanks from a University graduate

 

Dear godparents and Tandana Foundation members,

My name is David Cachimuel and I was a Tandana scholarship student. This scholarship has supported me since I started at the university, and now thanks to the support, I’ve finished my university studies. I’m the youngest child of a family with five siblings, and the first one to obtain a university degree, which represents a lot of pride for my family because finally someone in the family has a university degree.
Continue reading “Many thanks from a University graduate”

Becoming family in Ecuador

I quickly grew attached to my host family while living in Ecuador as a volunteer for the Tandana Foundation. My host sister, who is eight years old, was a very easy first connection to make. She loves to play games and is extremely bright, and within a few hours of my arrival we were already “muy amigas.” Continue reading “Becoming family in Ecuador”

Paving a safer pathway outside Muenala’s community center

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In the remote areas of Ecuador, approximately 35 kilometers from the center of San Jose Parish in Quichinche, a small community called Muenala is located. There are more than 30 families living here and we also have a community council. My name is Martha Lanchimba and I am the president of the community. Continue reading “Paving a safer pathway outside Muenala’s community center”

Meet Mario: A Scholarship Student Excelling in His Studies

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Mario con su madre y hermana

Por Mario Esteban Perugachi Perugachi

Soy Mario Esteban Perugachi Perugachi, tengo 29 años. Mi familia está conformada por mi esposa, mi hija y yo. Actualmente vivimos en la ciudad de Quito por motivos de trabajo, pero nosotros pertenecemos a la comunidad de Agualongo, lo que queda aproximadamente a 5 kilómetros de la ciudad de Otavalo. Para la mantención de mi hogar y mis estudios, trabajo haciendo mantenimiento de jardín. Aunque requiere mucho esfuerza y por el momento soy el único en la familia que sigue los estudios, estoy orgullosamente estudiando con el apoyo de Tandana y la motivación de la familia. Continue reading “Meet Mario: A Scholarship Student Excelling in His Studies”

Inauguration of the Multipurpose Building in Guachinguero

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the multipurpose building in Guachinguero

Compilado por Margarita Fuerez

La parroquia rural San José de Quichinche es la más grande del cantón Otavalo, tanto por el número de comunidades que tiene como por ser la Parroquia con más extensión de territorio por lo cual las comunidades se encuentran muy dispersas. Continue reading “Inauguration of the Multipurpose Building in Guachinguero”

A Doctor Learns From Her Patients on a Health Care Volunteer Vacation

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Kristin types notes in her patients’ medical records

By Kristin Linzmeyer

As a medical subspecialist here in the U.S., I was not convinced I would have anything to offer patients arriving at the clinics in the communities outside of Otavalo. I felt a little like an imposter at first, wanting to help but not really understanding what it is that they needed. I ended up learning more from my patients than they learned from me. Continue reading “A Doctor Learns From Her Patients on a Health Care Volunteer Vacation”

The Tangali Dairy Association – A Dream Come True

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Avelino Antamba, president of the Dairy Association of Tangalí

Por Avelino Antamba

En la parroquia de Quichinche, aproximadamente a 12.5 kilómetros desde la ciudad de Otavalo, se ubica una comunidad llamada Tangalí. Actualmente somos 144 familias, nuestro territorio es extenso y, por esta razón, las casas se encuentran muy dispersas. Continue reading “The Tangali Dairy Association – A Dream Come True”

Things That Happen in the Night – An Anecdote From Ecuador

NateBy Nate Cordick

One night, I was walking to the bathroom from the main house when I heard a strange noise. It sounded like an animal was moving through a bush, but it sounded too big to be one of the family dogs. I walked around to the back of the bathroom and almost jumped when I saw what was staring back at me; a pig. Continue reading “Things That Happen in the Night – An Anecdote From Ecuador”

Moving Mountains– Literally

cancha REACH playingBy Shannon Cantor

I recommend that you travel to the highlands of Ecuador, to the small city of Otavalo. From the terminal—its own chaos of moving people, cars, and shouts—take an old, blue bus parked in the third row from the right-hand side, with a sign in the window marked “Quichinche.” Get off after about 25 minutes, when you reach the last stop. Walk half an hour, straight up hill, through cow fields and a eucalyptus forest. Only then will you find yourself in the community of Agualongo de Quichinche. Continue reading “Moving Mountains– Literally”

Meet Yarick: A Scholarship Student Who Is the First in His Family to Attend University

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Yarick Santiago Méndez Fuerez

Por Yarick Santiago Méndez Fuerez

Mi nombre es Yarick Santiago Méndez Fuerez. Tengo 21 años. Vivo en la ciudad de Quito por cuestiones del estudio, pero soy de la comunidad de Motilón Chupa, la cual se ubica a 35 Kms. de la ciudad de Otavalo. Mi familia se conforma por tres hijas, tres hijos y mis padres, yo soy el segundo hijo y el primero de la familia que estoy en la universidad. Continue reading “Meet Yarick: A Scholarship Student Who Is the First in His Family to Attend University”

Learning by Doing: An Internship with Tandana

Camille6By Camille Greenfield

I must say it is hard to pick one moment that best describes my time with Tandana, as a part of the horticultural internship. However, there is one memory in particular that occurred in the first few weeks, which would have a major impact on my future projects. Continue reading “Learning by Doing: An Internship with Tandana”

Tandana Listens and Now Two Patients Can Hear Again

Gloria (a la izquierda) con Virginia

Por Virginia Sánchez

Coordinadora de Seguimiento de Pacientes

Creo que nunca me cansaré de decir lo afortunada que soy con mi trabajo de Coordinadora de Seguimiento de Pacientes, con la oportunidad que tenemos en la Fundación Tandana de colaborar para poder cambiar el futuro de muchas personas con nuestro trabajo diario, con las conversaciones con nuestros pacientes que no solamente tienen que ver con la enfermedad que les aqueja, sino con su entorno familiar, con los problemas con los que deben batallar día a día para poder conseguir su alimento diario, el pasaje para que sus hijos puedan seguir estudiando y puedan lograr las anheladas metas que la mayoría de veces se ven truncadas por la falta de salud, de medios económicos. De grandes o pequeños problemas en la familia, en fin mi trabajo me facilita el poder contribuir al mejoramiento de la calidad de vida de muchos pacientes. Continue reading “Tandana Listens and Now Two Patients Can Hear Again”

Parents and Volunteers Build a Wall to Protect Bilingual School

Tandana estudiantes voluntarios ayudando a terminar la pared

Por Rosa Saravino

Mi nombre es Rosa Saravino soy Directora de la Escuela Intercultural Bilingüe “Ati Pillahuasu,” que pertenece a la comunidad de Panecillo. Yo no soy de esta comunidad pero trabajo más de 30 años en este lugar y conozco a la mayoría de los padres de familia y ellos a mi. Esta escuelita empezó con dos profesores en el año de 1980 más o menos y con una cantidad de 15 estudiantes aproximadamente, estas clases para los primeros estudiantes de la comunidad funcionaba en una casa comunal muy antiguo, en un solo aula, con sus mesas y sillas improvisadas, conforme aumentaron mas estudiantes, la comunidad ha logrado conseguir una casa con dos aulas, después una casa más, así poco a poco la escuela se ha construido con ayudas por parte del gobierno, de otros fundaciones y organizaciones. Continue reading “Parents and Volunteers Build a Wall to Protect Bilingual School”

Tangali and Tandana Team up to Build a Community Kitchen

La iglesia de la comunidad de Tangali.

Por Margarita Fuerez

El día lunes, 17 de Julio se realizó una primera reunión entre integrantes del cabildo de la comunidad de Tangalì y representantes de la Fundación Tandana Ecuador. En este encuentro el presidente de la comunidad, Marcelo Pineda, expuso sobre el deseo de la comunidad de ejecutar un proyecto con el apoyo de la Fundación Tandana y un grupo de Voluntarios que visitarán la comunidad. Por parte de la Fundación están presentes Don Vicente Pazmiño, encargado de proyectos comunitarios, Verónica Pazmiño y Ximena Buller quienes van a estar juntas con el grupo apoyando durante su estancia en el país y Herman Snel subdirector de programas. Todos están presentes para escuchar cual es el pedido de la comunidad y cuál es la necesidad de realizar esta obra. Continue reading “Tangali and Tandana Team up to Build a Community Kitchen”

Scholarship Shifts Sorrows to Smiles

 

Josué David López Perugachi en 2017

Por Josué David López Perugachi

Mi nombre es Josué David López Perugachi, tengo 17 años, estudiante becado de la Fundación Tandana. Estoy en el último curso del colegio en la Unidad Educativa Otavalo y la carrera que estoy siguiendo es Físico Matemático. De la familia soy el segundo hijo y el único hombre. Tengo una hermana mayor y tres hermanas menores, vivo con mis cuatro hermanas y mis padres. Somos siete personas en la familia. Mi hermana mayor ya termino el colegio y se graduó también con la ayuda de Tandana. Continue reading “Scholarship Shifts Sorrows to Smiles”

More Than One Home

Melissa (right) with her Tandana host mother

By Melissa Seehausen

During Tandana Orientation, I almost always volunteered to introduce the Tandana blog and find a volunteer from the group to write a blog post. “It’ll be fun and easy!” I sang.

To all those who I placated with this claim, consider this my formal apology.

I returned from Otavalo, Ecuador, from Tandana, and my host families eight weeks ago.

I have started this blog post seven times. Continue reading “More Than One Home”

Meet Trinidad: A Scholarship Student Who Knows Knowledge Can Break the Chains of Slavery

Hace 6 años empezó realmente la mejor parte de mi vida, una mañana tuve que empacar, para comenzar un nuevo viaje mi maleta repleta de tristeza, de angustia, de miedo, de sueños y la esperanza de mis padres; dos maestros que con su humilde sueldo sacaban a sus 4 hijos adelante, paso el tiempo y jamás olvide la promesa de regresar convertida en una gran mujer. Continue reading “Meet Trinidad: A Scholarship Student Who Knows Knowledge Can Break the Chains of Slavery”

The Panecillo Community Center Secured with a Wall and Gate

La casa comunal

Por Lidia Alba

Soy Lidia Alba actual presidenta de la Comunidad de Panecillo. La Parroquia Rural “San Jose de Quichinche” es la mas grande del Cantón Otavalo, perteneciente a la Provincia de Imbabura, Ecuador. Esta ubicada a 15 minutos de la cuidad de Otavalo en el sector occidental, la cual esta conformada por 22 comunidades y estas se encuentran alejadas del centro de la parroquia. Continue reading “The Panecillo Community Center Secured with a Wall and Gate”

Good Nutrition Grows from the Quichinche Health Center Vegetable Garden

Trabajando en el huerto

Por Carla Guerra

Soy Carla Guerra directora del Subcentro de Salud Rural Quichinche, este es la unidad operativa area 4, se encuentra ubicada a 3 km de la ciudad de Otavalo, cuenta con vias de acceso y transporte desde el terminal terrestre de Otavalo hay transporte directo cada 20 minutos, de 6 am a 7:30pm, el trayecto dura 15-20 minutos en transporte publico y aproximadamente 10 minutos en auto propio. Continue reading “Good Nutrition Grows from the Quichinche Health Center Vegetable Garden”

Storm Gutter in Agualongo Almost Finished

Comunidad de Agualongo

Por Jose Mariano Perugachi

En las faldas del cerro Ishpingo y Perugachi, aproximadamente a dos kilometros del centro de la Parroquia Rural San Jose de Quichinche se ubica una pequeña Comunidad llamada Agualongo de Quichinche. Existen 47 familias que viven aquí y tenemos una directiva comunitaria. Mi nombre es Jose Mariano Perugachi soy presidente de la comunidad. Continue reading “Storm Gutter in Agualongo Almost Finished”

Respect and Responsibility Bring About Positive Change

A volunteer connecting with a villager in Mali

In May 2017, The Tandana Foundation held a fundraising event. Tandana’s Founding Director, Anna Taft, spoke at the event. Below is the text of her speech. Continue reading “Respect and Responsibility Bring About Positive Change”