Help Our Family Survive through Giving Birth Abroad
Organized by: Amy Wilde
My family and I have been living in Ecuador for almost 2 months. We have a little girl that's 2 and 1/2, and I am almost 7 months pregnant with our second child. We are really enjoying it so far. However, we could use your help.
Almost 3 years ago, just after our daughter was born, I lost my job. I was the last source of income we had. We also lost our apartment and had to move in with family. Soon after, our car was re-possesed and we were forced to sell most of our belongings just to get by. We were drowning in debt just to pay for basic needs, and relying on others for rides to literally anywhere we needed to go.
We had been to Ecuador before, and remembered how cheap it was to live there as far as food, rent and transportation. Not having to rely on others to survive was a big bonus as well. I could find work teaching English as soon as April, and had contacts with several schools who wanted to meet me. So we decided this year that we would take our tax return and go back, since the cost of moving there was the same, if not cheaper than moving into a new apartment in the states. We would also be able to afford rent, food and basic needs from early March until September with what we had saved, even if I wasn't able to find work. I still got my TEFL certificate before we left the states to help my odds of getting hired.
We found a small apartment in Cuenca near a ton of schools. I applied to all of them within walking distance or where the busses could take me. Now it's almost May, and the only school hiring at all as of now, wants $2000.00 from me to teach as a volunteer for no pay. On the bright side I was able to find a job in town, however I need residency to work here legally, and we won't have that until after our son is born. Another setback we've had is the new 40% tax that was implemented on all imported items, including food. So that has been a large unexpected increase to our spending. A lot of other items we needed to start living here were double, or triple than what we expected from being here before thanks to the new tax.
Our second month here without all the first-time costs has been about $800, and that is for rent, food, transportation and basic needs. This is very easily accomplished here with the job I was offered, but again no one can work until we have our residency in late July/early August. So we will realistically be needing funds to be able to stay a minimum 3 months at $2400.00. In addition, we will also be needing to pay for an urgent root canal procedure that I needed, birthing costs, first-time baby items including diapers, visa extensions and residency paperwork in order to stay in the country legally. These costs in total are about $3200.00.
Anything you can give to help our family is extremely appreciated. Thank you so much.