This is the Ecuadortimes list to honor people and institutions that left their prints in the world to make it a better place for everyone.
1. Robert F. Kennedy Jr.: An Environmental Advocate
“The nature is the infrastructure of our community, and that if we want to meet our obligation as a nation, civilization or generation, which is to create communities for our children that provide them the same opportunities for dignity, enrichment, prosperity, and good health as the communities that our parents gave us, we got to start by protecting our environmental infrastructure.”
“One of the things I have done over 25 years as an environmental advocate, is to constantly go around confronting the idea that an investment on our environment is a diminishment to our nations wealth, it doesn’t diminish our wealth, it’s an investment in infrastructure, the same as investing in road construction or telecommunications, its an investment you have to make if you are going to ensure the economic vitality of our generation for future generations. One of the things that I do today for 25 years is suing polluters, so I got more than 400 lawsuits, so today I¥m more involved in green technology, developing businesses, because I think that’s the greatest tool of advocacy today.”
2. Alvaro Noboa´s Humanitarian Vision
Every year a container arrives full of hope for many poor people. In 2010 the container arrived to the port with computers, medicines and beds, which were funded by Abogado Alvaro Noboa in order to be brought from Germany by the organization Hilfe.
Crusade for a New Humanity Foundation, led by the successful businessman Noboa, delivered this year the items that came in the container to: the Philanthropic Society of Guayas, who received more than 200 computers and to the Ecuadorian Red Cross, which received more than 125 special beds for people who are in a delicate medical condition.
3. FADA: An Animal Friendly Foundation
FADA (Animals’ Friends Foundation) is an animal shelter that rescues cats and dogs from the streets in order to feed them and take care of them. The foundation seeks to raise people’s awareness about respect and care for animals; campaigns of education and sterilization have been done to avoid animal overpopulation.
The foundation’s main objective is to conscious people about animal rights, and promotes respect for animals’ life. Animals are LIVING BEINGS; they have physical and emotional needs, which is why humans must respect them in order to coexist in this World.
FADA has become an active foundation thanks to animal lovers who always volunteer and also because of the money, medicine, and resource contributions that companies and organizations donate for the shelter.
4. Foundation Madre Dolorosa Educates ans Saves Lives
Foundation Madre Dolorosa was created on October of 1988. The initiative came as a message from God and the Virgin to the Priest Ignacio Moreta, the founder. The priest felt a calling and realized that there was potential in the parents of the Javier high school students, soon he called asked them for assistance and many volunteered.
The main function of the Madre Dolorosa Foundation is to serve those in need, the poor of the poor, providing health and education. They created a school that is located on the perimeter road, built 110 houses and a hospital to help to the poorest in the country.
5. The Achievements and Challenges of Fundación Nuevo Mundo
During the last couple of years, the Foundation is definitely facing the biggest challenge in our history” says Dr. Patricia McTeague, President of Fundación Nuevo Mundo (New World Foundation). “The satisfactions, however, have been completely positive during these 27 years. To see the kids overcome adversity and to watch some of them even started their own companies; you can definitely tell a lot of them have a completely different level of life.”
For more than 27 years, Fundación Nuevo Mundo have been using the same buildings, services, classrooms, soccer fields, and teachers that students from Unidad Educativa Bilingüe Nuevo Mundo, one of the most recognized schools of Guayaquil.
More than 600 children and teenagers receive quality education in the highschool facilities. In addition, medical, and psychological assistance is provided to the Foundation students, as well as a nutritional lunch on their breaks from classes.