There are many steps we have had to take to start-up this non-profit. The steps we have accomplished to get to where we are now are too difficult to keep track of because there are literally hundreds of steps!
Since it is so difficult to share our progress in steps, we share them in “phases” because we never know how many steps there are until we start the first step. For example, some of the phases we have shared have only taken 4-5 steps to complete, while other phases we share have taken us 20 or more steps to complete.
Here Is A Recap Of The Phases We Completed Thus far...
One month after we sold our house in May 2017, we left the country with a one-way ticket to Ecuador with our own personal funds. We attended the 3-day International Living Conference in Quito and planned to stay in Ecuador for a few months to figure out if it was the best location for the Angel K Love Project’s vision and mission.
After two and a half weeks of travel research in Ecuador, we sadly discovered that Ecuador was not the right country for the AKLP. Unfortunately, the complicated laws in Ecuador do not support adoption for same-sex couples.
One of the AKLP long-term goals is to help ALL people adopt, no matter their race, marriage status, religion, culture, nor their sexual orientation. So, we did an online search for a South American country that was safe, legalized same-sex marriage, and allowed all people to adopt children equally. Our research led us to Uruguay. So, we quickly made spontaneous travel plans and booked a one-way flight.
The only thing we knew about Uruguay was what we read online. See our “15 Interesting Facts About Uruguay” blog post. We were very fascinated by Uruguay’s unique and interesting characteristics, so once we arrived and spent time there, we became even more and more captivated by everything Uruguay had to offer the Angel K Love Projects vision and mission.
In a matter of three months, we were able to get our most essential questions answered by Uruguayan attorneys, real estate agents, consultants, locals, and expats. We visited over 20 different properties and found that the Piriopolis area would be the best area for the AKLP if we moved there.
We had many authentic Uruguayan experiences and we learned so much from them. But most importantly, we made great friendships with some of the loveliest people!
Working Out The Logistics
To live in Uruguay permanently we must start the process of becoming Residents there and we must prepare all our belongings to be shipped there. Therefore, we must be in Denver, Colorado (where we are from) to accomplish a variety of tasks. Here are some logistics we need to work out:
As you can see there are many things to do and many financial questions to get answers to. Therefore, we will continue to send updates and share the information we learn as we go. We will also keep everyone informed about our next fundraiser.
P.S. If you would like to know what it takes to be a resident in Uruguay, visit Expatsphere.com.
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