On Saturday, April 16th at 6:58pm, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit the coast of Ecuador and has since generated over 700 aftershocks between the cities of Pedernales and Cojimies (north of the coastal province of Manabí). With 655 deaths, some 4,600 injured, and 41 still missing over a week after the quake—not to mention 29,000 people displaced and billions in damage—the reconstruction efforts in Ecuador will take many months, if not years, and the sustainability of reconstruction means capitalizing on immediate support while aiming to sustain international attention. The Global Shapers Quito Hub, a group of young people chosen for their ability to generate change, launched a crowd funding campaign on April 17th to gather support from the national and international community. Our initial goal was to raise $8,000, but with overwhelmingly strong and generous support from a global community, we surpassed $100K within days. We are committed to investing ourselves fully to this campaign with the intention to fundraise for a full month. We are working alongside the Ecuadorian Red Cross and the National Government to determine national priorities. Our goal is to sustain national and international engagement to support relief efforts beyond peak emergency response. Gathering lessons from the Haiti and Nepali Earthquake response, we are committed to doing our part in maintaining donor engagement and following through from emergency alleviation assistance to deeper reconstruction efforts. Given the magnitude of this crisis and the widespread support we have received from our donors abroad, we are committed to ensuring we are maximizing contributions. Transparency and monitoring of funds will be of the highest priority for our team. It is our goal to come in as a "second wave" of funding—activities to be determined following official assessments of the damage in the coastal region. We will update you on emerging priorities as this information becomes available. Please contribute to our campaign and share among your contacts! We need you to be our ripple effect.