Earthquake Relief for Rural Communities in Coastal Ecuador

For: The Minga Foundation
Organizer: Karin Friederic
Earthquake Relief for Rural Communities in Coastal Ecuador (The Minga Foundation)
of $10,000 goal
28% Complete
Raised by 41 donors

The Story

  • On the evening of April 16th 2016, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador’s central coast, flattening the towns of Pedernales and Portoviejo. The Ecuadorian people have come together in remarkable ways and international aid and relief is slowly trickling in, mostly from other Latin American countries. Most of the aid is being directed to the hardest hit towns on the coast.
  • The Minga Foundation, an organization with long-standing partnerships with rural communities in Esmeraldas and Manabí, is uniquely positioned to support communities overlooked by large relief efforts. While the extent of destruction in these communities has yet to be fully assessed due to landslides and limited access, we are fundraising to meet the long-term needs of affected households through targeted post-earthquake reconstruction.
  • In the spirit of “Minga,” these funds will be distributed through community-driven efforts to rebuild community buildings and resources, to assist the most affected families who have not received significant aid from other sources, and to reduce long-term vulnerability.

Min · ga    -feminine, noun
1. Collaborative work in which friends and neighbors volunteer their time, effort, and sometimes funds to achieve a shared goal for the  betterment of the community (for example, building a home, harvesting food or repairing roads).

If you would like to help, you can do the following:

  1. Make a donation here.  Donations of any amount are welcome, and all donations are tax-deductible.
  2. If you would like to support immediate relief efforts (which we do not have the capacity to do), we recommend contributing directly to the Ecuador Red Cross.
  3. Spread the word: Share your concern with your friends and family, and on social media. Reach out to aid organizations, both governmental and NGO, to ask what they are doing to support Ecuador. Help bring attention to this disaster and give voice to the thousands of families who have lost homes and loved ones. You can also stay up to date by following Minga’s facebook and twitter accounts.

Un abrazo (a big hug),

The Minga Foundation (Dan, Karin, Brian, Jessica L, Erin, Tara, Maia, Julie and Jessica N)


Note: All photos pictured are from the area in which Minga has worked for many years (for example, from Quinindé, where a friend lost her house in a landslide, and Herrera, where the health clinic has sustained severe damage). More will be posted as we receive them & receive permission to use them.

To spread the word, please direct people to:

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Fundraiser Updates

Posted on October 14, 2016

Posted on October 14, 2016

The community of La Y is inaugurating the new school later this week! Stay tuned for photos. But, meanwhile, check out these powerful photos of children from the school with signs that read: 

"We had no help from the authorities, only from The Minga Foundation"

Thanks to our generous donors, these children had a school to go back to after the devastating earthquake in April.

Posted on August 10, 2016

Posted on August 10, 2016

Reconstruction in Ecuador

Minga wants to thank all of our generous supporters who pitched in to help our Ecuadorian friends and project partners recover from the April 16th earthquake, and the many aftershocks which continue until today. After a series of community meetings, the community of La Y de La Laguna has prioritized school reconstruction. Students have been attending classes in the lunchroom and on the outdoor athletic courts due to major damage to multiple classrooms which have now been demolished. Due to the widespread damage across the country, the Ministry of Education has said they would not be able to reconstruct the school for one to three years. Two weeks ago, we sent $3500 to begin rebuilding the most damaged classroom. The second half of funding will be sent in the coming weeks. Learning from the shortcomings of post-disaster relief in Indonesia and Haiti, Minga was eager to support long-term reconstruction involving multiple stakeholders, rather than short-term humanitarian assistance. Click herefor more on Ecuador.

Posted on June 25, 2016

Posted on June 25, 2016

Thanks to all of you who have supported Minga's efforts to provide earthquake relief in Ecuador. The community of La Y de La Laguna has held several meetings to decide on their priorities for earthquake reconstruction, and the Minga Foundation is currently deciding on their proposals. We'll be back very soon with a decision! In the meantime, here are some informative links about earthquake reconstruction and more recent analyses of the effects of the earthquake: 

Facts and Costs from ReliefWeb:
PBS (May 26, 2016): Ecuador looks to pick up pieces and rebuild after devastating earthquake

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