This is a coordinated relief fund in response to the massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake in coastal Ecuador that flattened buildings, killed 100s and left the communities where we work destroyed. These donations will specifically go to the northern part of Jama County where Ceiba Foundation, Finca Mono Verde and Third Millennium Alliance are currently working -- these are poor communities with limited access to resources and will likely be last served by national relief efforts.
Donations may be made online and we pledge that 100% of donations will be go directly to earthquake recovery efforts on the coast. All donations are going directly to the Ceiba Foundation, a registered US 501(c)3 non-profit, so donations are tax-deductible in the United States. Please also check to see if your employer will match donations! We have heard that some international folks (Austria) have had challenges with donating - you can donate directly to Ceiba here
, just note they charge a higher processing fee, which is why we changed.
We are also collecting provisions (tarps, water filters, tents, flashlights, batteries, non-perishable foods etc) at Avenida Occidental n46-97 y Francisco Montalvo in Quito if you are there locally.
The power of this earthquake, and the scale of damage, make it clear that recovery efforts will be arduous, lengthy, and expensive. We are united behind Ceiba's established Earthquake Recovery Fund for affected communities, and to channel the outpouring of support from all those who have a personal connection to Tabuga, Camarones, and coastal Ecuador -- former students and volunteers, researchers, friends, and family.