There is a new date for our Villa ticca Trip!
 30 April 2016
Click here to see the itinerary.

We received the sad news that our ex-employee David Rios died in a car crash last weekend. David was the brother of our employee Jenny Rios, and some years ago he worked in Villa Ticca as our accountant. He was a very cheerful and enthusiastic man. We want to express our sincere condolences to the Rios family and we wish them strength with this great loss. May he rest in peace.
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Every year, Gulliver Expeditions, a travel agency in Quito offers the children a trip to their farm. The adventure begins in the bus as we leave the city and the children get excited about the trees and cows. The children enjoy the freedom and space at the farm as there is a playground and lots of animals. To top it off the children get to ride a horse! Tired yet satisfied, the children enjoy a delicious lunch. On the way back the bus is a lot quieter as the kids fall asleep from their big adventure. We are very grateful to Gulliver Expeditions for giving the children this memorable experience. As the children live in the city being able to experience the countryside is very special for them. Click here to see the photos

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 In February, committee members Sandra and Sietske visited the day care. They were pleased to see a continued sense of commitment and dedication from the local team in Ecuador. It was noted that the children are doing well at the day care despite the issues that they face within their homes. This was satisfying to see as it confirms that Villa Ticca provides a safe place for them. 

At present the matters of greatest priority are;
* A new volunteer policy involving a revision of the current expectations of volunteers and requirements of a longer staying period
* Improving nutrition with particular focus on breakfast meals
* Actively fundraising within Ecuador by opening a bank account in the name of the foundation
* Expanding the support provided to the mothers through workshops  

We are always trying to improve the care we provide with the best interests of the children in mind.

This week the two brothers Skinner, who are dentists, and their lovely wifes Ruthi and Roberta paid us a visit! They applied fluoride varnish to help prevent cavities, to all our children, and gave everybody a new toothbrush! We are very happy with this dental care for our children!

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A new school year has started at Villa Ticca with over 100 children receiving our care and support.
In order to raise some much needed funds we are trying a crowd funding campaign though Fundrazr.
For those of you who are not familiar with crowd funding it is a new phenomenon of raising money using the internet. In one location potential donors from all around the world can learn about the project and what impact their donation will have.

If you were thinking of donating to a charity this Christmas then perhaps you can consider giving to the Villa Ticca crowd funding campaign. Your donation would be much appreciated and will be used to provide much needed care for the 100 vulnerable children that attend Villa Ticca.

You can donate to our campaign by using the following link: https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/3txw6/ab/23b0ce

Please feel free to share the campaign link with your family, friends and work colleagues.
The more the word gets spread, the better.

Follow us on Facebook  to keep track of the campaign’s progress and general updates from Villa Ticca.

 

Since the last week of October, Villa Ticca accepts Guldencoins as a currency! What?
The Guldencoin: this is a digital currency, just like the Bitcoin. But Bitcoins are used internationally and Guldencoins are used mostly in the Netherlands. By accepting this currency we try to present our foundation to more and more people and to make it even easier to donate. The donations are being transferred to our bank account automatically in euros. Try it!
You can buy Guldencoins here! The first 100 are free.
(By the way, our donation button also works with Bitcoins!)


Dear friend of Villa Ticca,

2014 is a special year for Villa Ticca. The foundation was founded eleven years ago and the daycare opened its doors ten years ago, which is a long time. In the past eleven years a lot has happened and we are proud to still be able to contribute positively to the lives many families in Ecuador. Of course that is thanks to you as well!

In this newsletter you will read about the latest developments.

In Quito the daycare is being run by our local employees. The teachers are Marlene, Jenny and Nelly (who once started at Villa Ticca cleaning and now is studying to get her degree to be a certified preschool teacher) and Maria is our cook. A while ago, Ruth joined the local team at Villa Ticca, she is our new cleaning lady who also helps out in the kitchen. Besides these women, the coordinator Eduardo is busy with the organizational matters. With the arrival of Tessa, Annelies (both from Holland) and Lauren (from Australia) our team has become bigger. All of these three girls have their own talents and their own tasks within the organization. This is going really well and the organization has become much more streamlined. Evelien was also in Quito from September until December.

Ecuador is a country with a lot of bureaucracy. Once you comply with one regulation then a new law is enforced or a contract or permit has to be updated or renewed. In the past months this has been happening constantly. While in Ecuador, Evelien dedicated a big part of her time to this and now Lauren, together with Eduardo, have taken over these tasks. The management of permits, contracts and policies is so much work that it’s a fulltime job by itself within Villa Ticca. We would like to report to you that we are (almost) back on track with all the organizational matters and that is a big accomplishment . The current school year takes place in the renovated building in Quito. Thanks to all the papers and permits we can yet again offer the children a safe place that they deserve. In Peguche the daycare is still closed. Our employee Adriana sends us regular updates on how our kids in Peguche are doing but for now there is no chance that the daycare in Peguche will reopen soon, because it is a job too big for the foundation to handle now.

The Villa Ticca Trip last October was a big success. Together with our volunteers we experienced two fantastic weeks. In their own special way they all contributed to Villa Ticca. Saying goodbye was difficult for the volunteers, the children and the staff. Sandra Smit, one of our volunteers from the Villa Ticca Trip, ran a part of a marathon on the 13th of April and made an amazing event out of it for Villa Ticca.

Our Villa Ticca Trip has been organized for 2014 as well (the starting date is 19th of July), and the trip includes visiting Peguche. The volunteer work will be done at a daycare that works with Villa Ticca since Villa Ticca Peguche closed. During the trip we also visit children who came to Villa Ticca Peguche. In this way Villa Ticca retains a presence in Peguche.

In Villa Ticca Quito we have an amazing new activity on Friday mornings thanks to a professional Ecuadorian basketball player who is a longtime friend of Villa Ticca. Every Friday morning the children and teachers are being picked up in a school bus to run and play on a big sports field. This activity has been made possible by the Ecuadorian Ministry of Sports. For the children, who live in a relatively dangerous area of the city, this is a fantastic adventure. A lot of them never go to sport fields or a place with this much space. It goes without saying that we are very happy with this! As if this wasn’t enough we have been given the opportunity by a local travel agency to go on excursions with the children. In the coming period our children are going to visit other places such as dairy farm, a horse farm and a flower nursery. These developments are very important for us. Of course it is very nice that the children can come to Villa Ticca every day but it is even better that we can broaden their horizon. This is all possible because of local generous contributors.

In Holland we keep on working hard as well. In January together with a big team of volunteers, we introduced our foundation and our Villa Ticca Trip in a vacation fair to a lot of people. It resulted in a lot of positive reactions and hopefully it will result in new donors or volunteers for the coming trips. Furthermore we are busy with events in schools in Ommen, Rijswijk, The Hague and Naaldwijk .

On the 28th of March Villa Ticca was invited to a project called ‘8uo’. It’s a project where people work 8 hours extra for free to contribute to causes like NGOs/foundations. During the day, a team of experts was available to Villa Ticca and they advised Villa Ticca on creative matters. Designers, text writers and advisors on communication thought with us about possible new ideas for the foundation. This sounds rather vague, and for now it will be because we are still working on the ideas that they gave us. We hope to publish more about this soon. At least for now we can say that we are very thankful to the team of project ‘8uo’.

We are always open to new ideas on how to promote our foundation or how to attract new donors, so if you have a good idea then please let us know. Together we’ll let Villa Ticca flourish.

We wish you a very happy spring.

On behalf of the team at Villa Ticca,
Evelien, Mariska, Mara, Sietske, Anette en Marleen

On Saturday 18th of May, Ecuador and Holland played a friendly football match against each other in preparation for the World Cup. This was a special day for Villa Ticca because of its connections with both countries. Villa Ticca was present at the event and before the match there was a party at ‘Oranjepark’. We could be seen in the crowd with our banner and crazy outfits and used the opportunity to engage with people about the foundation and the work we do. The game ended in a tie which was a pleasing result for Villa Ticca. We wish both the Netherlands and Ecuador lots of success at the World Cup in Brazil!15