Ecuador Earthquake Relief18 April, 2016 Central America, Ecuador, Community, Education, Rebuilding & Infrastructure
From pilot Kevin Lee, directing the efforts in Ecuador, April 25, 2016:
“Where we are right now:
One week ago Ecuador was struck by a devastating earthquake of 7.8 magnitude. The epicenter was just miles from some of Ecuador’s and South America’s most consistent coastal flying sites, and the small quaint villages and towns that have so well hosted pilots over the years.
Today the death toll lies at over 640, 130 missing, and over 12,000 injured throughout Ecuador. Thousands and thousands have been left homeless. Canoa, one of the smallest villages and most rural flying sites within this region experienced almost complete destruction in town, and an unusually high proportion of fatalities. People are living on the street or under improvised roofs. Supplies and medical help is starting to arrive in these rural communities, but some say at a painfully slow rate.
For six years, The Cloudbase Foundation has partnered with the James Dean Byrd Foundation to support the Escuela Bilingue Los Algarrobos in Canoa, building a classroom and providing teacher support. The school in Canoa, that was the first project of the Cloudbase Foundation, is reported to be relatively fine. Nick Greece, knowing I’ve spent many years traveling to these locations contacted me to see how the Cloudbase Foundation could help and has been a huge asset in our move forward.
What we’re doing:
We’ve assembled a group of Ecuadorian paraglider and hang-glider pilots who are responding on the ground, led by Julian Larrea and Juan Carrasco and partnered with Hombro a Hombro con Ecuador (Shoulder to Shoulder with Ecuador)https://www.facebook.
Tomorrow, our crew and Hombro a Hombro will be meeting and further refining their action plans. Hombro a Hombro is an amazing grassroots group from Ecuador that actually went to Nepal last year to help with quake relief there. Their specialty is identifying and rebuilding homes in small rural communities most in need, and often missed by the larger relief effort resources. These communities need support to get back on their feet, to have shelter over their heads, water to drink, and be supported in helping each other.
Locally in Ecuador, Hombro a Hombro has established a Center for Family Health and Community in Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas which currently provides general medicine, dentistry, cardiology, and pharmacy services to the community.
What is needed:
What Ecuador needs right now is money. If you would like to provide assistance, please click the link below to donate to the relief effort. 100% of your donation will go directly to Ecuador to assist with providing relief efforts. Ecuadorians have proven to me over and over that they are incredibly friendly and generous. They are also very resilient. Let’s help them move forward!
Updates will follow as I receive them.”
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