Ecuador: SIFAT Doctor in Your House

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Dear friend of SIFAT,

As I sit at my computer to write with so many thoughts about all we are missing this year, I see the faces of the children in our projects in Ecuador. I can almost feel their hugs and hear their laughter. Many of you would be preparing for your long awaited trip to serve alongside these people we have come to think of as family. Some of you have gone to Ecuador with SIFAT many times, letting this mission trip replace your relaxing summer vacations. For others, this would have been your first opportunity to serve in this beautiful country. For all who were planning to go and those who were supporting your efforts, I know you are wondering how are they living through these difficult times, and thinking what can we do now? From e-mails with our staff and pastors with whom we serve, I want to share the reality of their situation and also give you a way we can still make a difference and provide hope.

I understand people are suffering here at home, and many do not know how they will rebuild their lives. But most of us have food to eat, and we can go to the hospital, even if we do not have insurance. We have stimulus checks, food banks and churches eager to help those in need. In Aida Leon, Villaflora and other poor areas in which we serve in Ecuador, they do not. Pastor Wilson and Anita and Pastor Rafael wrote that the families in their churches have no jobs, no food and certainly no medical care. These poor families depend upon sporadic work during the best of times, and many must take buses across town each day to find that work.

SIFAT’s director in Ecuador, Dr. Roberto Contreras reports of desperate conditions in Ecuador. The churches in our projects are trying to provide much needed food to the children and their families with whom we have served alongside for years.


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#GivingTuesdayNow is May 5

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SIFAT needs your support more than ever. Tomorrow, through #GivingTuesdayNow, your donations can help SIFAT continue our ministry to those in need throughout the world during this COVID-19 pandemic.

#GivingTuesdayNow is an additional day of global giving and unity, when our supporters can show their generosity in a number of ways.

Two generous donors have pledged $25,000 in matching funds to double your gift. Please join them in helping SIFAT during this crucial time — no gift is too small.

In Liberia, SIFAT graduates John and Martha Partor provided food for 250 families living in a slum community. Because of a partnership with SIFAT and FUMC Clanton, the 5-15 people living in each home will eat this week.


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Ecuador: New Regulations = New Concrete Equipment

In 2018, the Aida Leon project will break ground in Ecuador! However, new building codes and government regulations will not allow us to mix concrete by hand, as teams have done for the last 17 years in the traditional building style of Quito. SIFAT Ecuador’s engineer, Edwin Contreras, told us that inspectors were enforcing these new rules and even requiring some buildings to be torn down because of a lack of compliance. While it is the improving codes that are requiring the new equipment, we know many of our team members are excited about how much easier preparing concrete to pour columns will be!

Because of new building codes, SIFAT Ecuador must buy a concrete mixer and vibrator before the first mission team to Aida Leon arrives in February.


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Kick Off the Giving Season with #GivingTuesday 2017

#GivingTuesday is Nov. 28!


It’s #GivingTuesday time once again! Please save the date for Nov. 28 to participate in this global holiday that celebrates generosity and kindness by giving to nonprofit organizations, such as SIFAT. Just as Black Friday and Cyber Monday kick off the holiday buying season, #GivingTuesday starts the giving season, reminding us what this time of year is truly about! Isn’t it exciting to be part of something greater than ourselves when we join together to give back!

For the fifth consecutive year, SIFAT is participating in #GivingTuesday. It’s the perfect time to take a break from the hustle of holiday shopping and embrace the spirit of giving! A group of dedicated SIFAT donors set up a matching fund of $35,000 to double your gift! The “rules” for #GivingTuesday are the same as last year. When you make an online donation at any time on November 28, your contribution will double because of the generosity of our SIFAT donors — up to the first $35,000 that we raise!

How to participate:

  1. Donate online through The Advance: We are asking donors to use our Advance #982812 page* to give, so that 100% of each donation goes to our general fund because the credit card processing fees are covered by The Advance. Simply click the large, red GIVE NOW button on the right side of the page.
  2. Donate online through our website: You can also donate directly to SIFAT on our website (www.sifat.org/donate). Click on the donate button, which will take you to our PayPal page. Remember, Southern Institute for Appropriate Technology is our legal name, so your donation will come to SIFAT.
  3. Donate by check: Mail your contribution to 2944 County Road 113, Lineville, AL 36266. Please designate #GivingTuesday on the memo line, and make sure we receive it on or before Nov. 28.

Last year, SIFAT supporters raised a total of $78,482.50 on #GivingTuesday. Help us reach our goal of $100,000 this year! Thank you for your faithful support to SIFAT and for doubling your impact by making a generous gift on Nov. 28. Please share this information with your friends and family to encourage them to give to SIFAT on #GivingTuesday!

Grace and peace,
Tom Corson
Executive Director

*The Advance is an official program of The United Methodist Church for voluntary, designated, second-mile giving. Each Advance project has been vetted and approved by Global Ministries and Advance staff.

         

Shop with SIFAT for the Holidays!  

As you start shopping this holiday season, please remember SIFAT! We have several ways you can help SIFAT during this holiday season of giving while checking names off of your holiday list. 

Visit the SIFAT Village Store online

 

Find unique gifts for your friends in family at the SIFAT Village Store. From books by SIFAT co-founders Ken and Sarah Corson and SIFAT t-shirts to Christmas angels and jewelry, the SIFAT Village Store lets your purchase impact others throughout the world. Proceeds from each purchase benefit SIFAT and those with whom we serve. Our online selection is limited, but if there are items you have seen in the store, email villagestore@sifat.org. If you are local and would like to come shop, call Marie or Peggy at 256.396.2015 to schedule a time.

 

The SIFAT Village Store promotes family businesses and cooperatives. Proceeds from sales directly benefit SIFAT!

Raise money for SIFAT when you shop online.

 

Did you know thousands of retailers will donate a percentage of your purchase to SIFAT? Use one of the services below and choose SIFAT as your charity. You will be redirected to your favorite store’s site to shop as usual. When you check out, the retailer sends a percentage to SIFAT, but you are not charged extra! Often special coupons codes are also available for your use on GoodSearch and iGive.

 

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Because of SIFAT supporters, Dr. Rebeca not only graduated high school, but furthered her education to become a dentist! She has joined Dr. Ruth Noemi to serve the Bolivian people in Quesimpuco and the surrounding communities as they implement a public health initiative.

Nontraditional Christmas Presents

 

In lieu of a traditional Christmas present, why not give your friends and family gifts that impact others throughout the world?

  • Purchase a Commemorative Brick at SIFAT
  • Make a donation to SIFAT in honor or in memory of someone — remember to include the name and address to whom we should send an acknowledgment

 

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During 2016, SIFAT has held training both here in the Alabama and internationally to train community leaders how to meet their basic humans needs and look for available assets that can benefit those with whom they are working.