Elizabeth Engkjer first visited El Floron in 1997 and met Daniel Mesa Macias. Daniel, a 14-year-old boy, had been missing his left arm since birth. One Sunday while in church, Daniel got up in front of the congregation and asked if Jesus would heal his arm so that he could play the guitar. Daniel's humble request was just the beginning of a series of incredible events.
Elizabeth went back to the United States and worked to secure Daniel's visa so he could come to Colorado to be fitted with a prosthetic arm. In the spring of 1998, following the horrific El Nino flooding, the Ecuadorian Government requested the Engkjer's assistance to provide for the medical needs of El Floron. Elizabeth and Richard assembled a 19 member medical team and returned to Daniel's home and surrounding villages. Desperately needed medical attention was given to the isolated villages. Over 1,700 people were seen in the four days that followed. Ultimately, that culminated into what is now Fundacion "Yo Te Amo" Colorado.
Our Mission Statement
We partner with Jesus Christ to bring spiritual and medical healing to the impoverished of Ecuador.
Proverbs 31:8-9 (NIV) “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.
Our obedience to Proverbs 31: 8-9 springs forth from our belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. That it is through the power of the Holy Spirit living within us that any good comes forth from our hearts in words and/or deeds. We also believe in the infallible Word of God, which was written by the divine inspiration as recorded by His chosen men. We read and meditate on the Word of God as we seek to serve Him until His appointed time. It is this foundation and motivation for the work in Ecuador that God has placed on our hearts.
Our Christian Values
The values by which we operate
Service to Others—We value every patient and our partners (internal and external) and exceed their expectations with Christ-centered care and compassion. Our kindness and devotion to their spiritual and physical well being is unmistakable.
Productivity—We prayerfully partner with Christ and work as one team to achieve His goals. We plan carefully, communicate effectively and improve continuously to deliver extraordinary results.
Financial Responsibility—We are grateful and careful stewards of all resources. We advocate prayerfully, yet tenaciously, for all that is needed to fulfill our mission.
Team Relationships—We sincerely trust, respect and care about each other. We work hard, have fun and help each other succeed.
Image—We are known as an indispensable community resource with integrity, driven by our devotion to Christ and relentless in our service to others. We actively collaborate with other organizations to help everyone succeed.
Growth and Innovation—We are gladly challenged by Christ to find better and better ways to serve His people. We take responsible risks, learn from our mistakes and improve continuously.
Meet Our Staff
Since our founding in 2001, Fundación “Yo Te Amo”, Colorado has developed and grown in a positive direction. We’re very proud of the diversity of our staff, and their abilities to contribute their own unique experience and skills to our success. Find out more about some of our team members below.
As the Medical Director, Dra. Silvia has impressively managed the Buen Samaritano Clinic since December 2005. Earning an advanced degree in dietetics, she strives to educate patients on affordable, improved diets since diabetes and hypertension are major problems in this area. Dr. Silvia and husband Vladimir have three children; their eldest is a dentist who frequently substitutes for the clinic dentist, and two high school students involved in their church orchestra.
Dr. Karolina has been with the clinic since June 2012. Over the past two years she has traveled to Brazil for an advanced course in her field. She is a magician at getting the most difficult child in the dental chair. Dr. Karolina works half days at Buen Samaritano and half day in her office in her family's home. Every day she travels 1 ½ hours one way by bus to the clinic.
Nurse and Laboratory Assistant
Angelita is a highly skilled nurse assistant and laboratory assistant who has been with the clinic since November 2006. At age 62 she returned to school to obtain her high school diploma, which she accomplished in February 2020 at the age of 67. Angelita is not only valued at the clinic but also makes gratis visits among impoverished families in Floron. She is married, mother of grown children and a fun grandmother to many grandchildren.
Eliana is a licensed accountant who has been with Buen Samaritano since September 2007. With continual legal changes in all areas of Ecuadorian law Eliana has had major challenges. . . Not to mention being wife of a pastor and mother of two active young boys
Delores, fondly known as 'Loly', from the ‘get go’ has managed patient flow, charts, and a variety of other tasks since August 2014. AND, Loly attends full time at the university. Cost would be prohibitive if it were not for generous American donors. Loly's GPA was such that it earned her a free semester. This young lady is organized! She and a friend hold a mid-week children’s' church school at her father's church in Floron 8, the poorest of the poor in Floron.
Damien manages the clinic’s laboratory. He is subcontracted and has been with us since September 2017. He also mentors’ students from the Technical University (government) at our Buen Samaritano Clinic Lab. He has been resourceful at reaching out to the community on behalf of the Buen Samaritano Clinic. He is the proud father of two children and frequently, very frequently shares their pictures.
Meet Mr. Amazing - Fabricio! Since March 2007 he has kept the clinic spotless and adhering to all Health Department regulations; plus attending law school full time for the past 4 years. . . with one year remaining. (Another result of generous American donors.) He has assisted Dr. Silvia with legal matters. . . has two teenage daughters and he is a much sought-after soccer 'football' player.
Manual (Pastor Meza)
Besides being the Day Guard since December 2006, Pastor Meza is our 'Mr. Fix-it man' and an evangelist at the clinic. Even with his un-solicitous
personality he is often found in his guard shack with his Bible open and a passerby seated near him conversing. Pastor Meza has a small church next to his home which is in the 'poorest of the poor' section in Floron 8.
Since June 2016 Jose has overseen water production and three water technicians. Jose was forced to leave middle school when his father abandoned the family. He then worked at manual labor to help support his family. He came to apply at Buen Samaritano Water and was hired with the agreement that he would attend night school to finish his GED. He hopes that he or his wife can attend college. Jose and his wife have one toddler that is their joy.
Senior Water Technician
Jorge is our senior water employee having been with us since October 2014 for 5 years. Jorge is as reliable as the day is long; he is a valuable employee. He and his wife anticipate children especially after a miscarriage that severely grieved Jorge. It was gratifying to see his fellow workers in the water and clinic come around him and support he and his wife's loss.
Pepe, with his father and three men, came from Cuba in search of work. Sadly, shortly after arriving in Ecuador Pepe's father unexpectedly died. Pepe became acquainted with the youth group at the church next to the clinic. At that time, Pepe was working at a job with no benefits - even though it is required by Ecuadorian law. It was the church youth group that encouraged Pepe to apply for a water position. Pepe has been with us since April 2018. . . He has never stopped smiling. He is hoping to raise enough money to return and visit his family whom he has not seen in 6 years.
Michael (say Mish-i-el)
Michael, the brother of Jose, is our most recent water tech who came on board in January 2019. Buen Samaritano interviewed Michael in June 2016. When he was told he had the job he asked, "Could you give it to my brother; he has a family?" Thus, Jose was interviewed and hired. This was one of the most astounding examples of brotherly love that I have witnessed. His work reflects the same.
Starting as a water technician in October 2017, Cristhian requested to move to the Night Guard position. It should be noted that a few years ago Ecuadorian law prohibited guards to carry guns. Thus, Cristhian carries a bat. . . Yes, it is concerning. However, over the 22 years in Floron there has been a noticeable decline in prostitution, drugs, alcohol, gang activity and especially nightly shootings. For all our prayer partners we are thankful for God's protection. . . especially for our past night guards and Cristhian.
Our Commitment to Ecuador
Proverbs 31:8-9 (NIV) “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy."