Hearts of Gold- Together Everyone Achieves More

Natasha Verkley loves a challenge.  When she became the Executive Director of Hearts of Gold, a charitable organization headquartered in Cuenca, Ecuador, it was in the midst of a big transition and a serious cash shortfall.  The last 18 months have been filled with problems to solve, miraculous events, and hours of work from hundreds of dedicated volunteers who believe in Cuenca and want to make it a great place for everyone.  Even with all those obstacles, Hearts of Gold gave $75,000 to community organizations in 2014 and aspires to…

Read More

Dr. Salamea

More than 2851 people have put their trust in Dr. Pablo Salamea’s skillful hands over the last six years.  Dr. Salamea is one of the foremost plastic surgeons in Cuenca, not only because of his extensive training and ability but also because of his humanitarian work.  In fact, he was the only physician from South American honored by Stanford University’s Resurge, International, in 2015 for his work providing surgery to needy children in Ecuador. Todd and Mary Freeman of Helping Kids in Ecuador (HKIE) call Dr. Salamea, Saint Pablo.  He’s…

Read More

X Marks the Spot: El Maix Owner Opening Taquería

“It’s not what you have. It’s about what you become.” This quote is one of many that have helped guide Hector Muñoz, owner of El Maix Tortilla Factory, on his journey around the world. From his childhood home in Jiménez, Mexico to the battlefields of Iraq, from security work in Qatar to university in southern Texas, from oil fields in North Dakota to the upcoming opening of his new restaurant in Cuenca, Hector’s journey has been made, as all of ours are, step by step. Poco a poco. Hector’s adventurous…

Read More