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What separates Grace from other nonprofits is that we genuinely believe in the competency of those we are helping. Refugees fully staff our medical clinic, refugees are found on our board of directors, refugees are surveyed and consulted before making decisions. We believe in the power and dignity of refugees helping refugees.
We help refugees get back on their feet through general medicine, dental and employment services, clothing, food, diapers dignity kits.
We want to see a world where compassion and empathy are the norms, a world where love is poured out without measure.
We are working towards creating communities where refugees can truly thrive and live without the fear of persecution and xenophobia.
To help alleviate the barriers that impede the successful integration of refugees into society, aiding the transition from refugee to a neighbor.
The health of each individual contributes to the health of the community. For refugees to utilize these opportunities and make strategic decisions, they must maintain a sound mind and a healthy body. They must hold onto hope for the future.
In the two years, GRACE has been operational, we have placed over 40 refugees in various jobs around the city of Cuenca, Ecuador. We maintain a database of eligible workers and work with local businesses to help them fill open positions.
Food, air, and water are the three most essential components that sustain life. However, food remains uncertain. While charitable organizations ensure that refugees are not starving to death, food of quality with good nutritional properties is not typical.
Last year, Grace ran the largest and most efficient free clothing bank in the City of Cuenca. However, due to the growing demands for our medical, dental and other services, we reallocated the Clothing Center into a Nursing Station.
President of GRACE (United States)
President of Fundación GRACE (Ecuador)
Pedro Arias is a young doctor from Cuenca, with an extensive curriculum and being Anglo and French-speaking. Faced with the significant challenges that arose during the pandemic, the doctor volunteered daily at the foundation’s facilities to care for all the patients who needed his services.
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