We had a 40-day campaign to raise funds for CASA VICTORIA FOUNDATION through Crowdfunding with Indiegogo. Thanks to this campaign we have helped Casa Victoria start their dream of turning their cellar into a Pizza-Café to become more self-sustaining, to become true. GRACIAS to all the generous contributions !!!
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We will be posting here updates of the work that began 4 months ago of remodeling and restoring the CV “dungeon”. We hope to have the Pre-inauguration by mid September 2016.
You can still contribute to help put the finishing touches in this unique Pizza-Café–although NOT thru the crowdfunding campaign any more–but thru clicking here: DONATE ONLINE or on the tab above which says DONATE ONLINE
Have a wonderful summer!
TERRAZA EN LA PLAZA:
A MILLION THANKS TO ALL THE KIND PEOPLE WHO DONATED FUNDS TO TRANSFORM ONE OF THE MOST SOCIALLY CHALLENGING AREAS OF OLD TOWN, QUITO, INTO A BEAUTIFUL PLACE OF GATHERING AND ENJOYMENT. BY THE GRACE OF GOD AND COMPLETE TRUST IN HIM IT IS THAT WE ACCOMPLISHED THIS FEAT.
Photo taken from Mayor´s fan page, by their own communications department.
"BEFORE" photo of place where Terraza en la Plaza stands today. (The orange circle is to note where the garbage was dumped daily). Date: circa 2005.
After 3 months of hard work, our biggest challenge was adapting and adding security measures to cement and bolt the tables and benches into the ground (so they wouldn't be stolen).
Mural artist, Belén I. and Mamalicia, surrounded by four little beauties from San Roque.
IN THE MEANTIME, CASA VICTORIA continues to support important Community Activities, such as allowing this medical team to use our Front Gate space to do free Covid testing
to neighbors in San Roque.
WE ALSO CONTINUE to care for our children (only 15 kids allowed; before pandemic, we had 50 children) as we provide Virtual access to their clases, and a few activities such as Art, and games.
Volunteer Victor doing some online work under one of our beautiful Parasols in the Terraza en la Plaza
Who would have thought that the guys could enjoy sitting at a table in Plaza Victoria AND with an open laptop in front of them!! From left to right: Danielito G., Luis (LUIGI the Pizzaioli) Victor G. and Rigo B. (the Mejicano Chef)
On Feb. 14, City Hall authorities celebrated "Dia del Amor a Quito", in our front yard. Here, Mamalicia thanking the Mayor and his team for all the support in improving conditions in San Roque neighborhood, especially, Plaza Victoria
Head of Protocol at City Hall, Ms. Elsa, showing Mayor the finished Terraza en la Plaza, done by Casa Victoria Foundation
Mayor of Quito and his team enjoying WUAWUAS´delicious cappuccinos, at inauguration of Terraza en la Plaza.
LOS TRES CABALLEROS, READY FOR SOME HUNGRY CUSTOMERS!
Neighborhood girls with mamalicia, enjoying outdoor seating with Rigo and his Mexican delights: burritos, nachos, guacamole, salsa...
Photo from Mayor´s fan page, taken with their Drone, view of Plaza Victoria. As Cheryl S. (our wonderful 2001-2004 Casa Victoria housemother) wrote: "Casa Victoria: a heaven of green" in the midst of cement!!