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…

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Ecuador Cares

Ecuador Cares is a new non-profit organization recognized by the Ecuadorian government, founded by a group of North American and Ecuadorians with a clear mission: to provide help and hope for orphans, the aged and the terminally ill.  The group came together in 2014 to help an orphanage in dire straits, lacking clean water, plumbing, and adequate food. When that project was completed with many man-hours of volunteer labor and a cash donation of just over $28,000 for a year’s worth of food, Ecuador Cares began a new project in…

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Macular Degeneration Prevention

Although macular degeneration prevention is possible, there isn’t a foolproof method of avoiding the disease.  There are, however, steps you can take to help reduce your risk. Pay special attention to prevention if you already have a diagnosis of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) or if the disease runs in your family. AMD is the leading cause of irreversible vision loss among people older than 60 years of age.  In time, a person with macular degeneration may find it difficult or impossible to read, drive or recognize familiar faces. Guidelines to…

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