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Ecuador Earthquake Relief

Organized by: Francisco Almendares

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THE STORY:

As most of you know, I was born and raised in Ecuador (Guayaquil). So for me, last Saturday's 7.8 earthquake literally hit home. Please help me provide aid and resources to those who so desperately need it.

How you can help -- your donation will buy:

  • New Twin Mattress = $20 Donation
  • 10 sacks of calcium oxide (Used for decomposing bodies) = $40
  • Bamboo house (for family of 5) = $1800
  • Half a house = $900
  • One wall for the house = $450
  • Box of canned food (48 / 180 gr cans) = $50
  • 1000 1/2 liter bottles of water = $150
  • 100 lbs sack of rice = $35

On Saturday April, 16th at around 7pm (local time) a massive 7.8 earthquake hit Ecuador's north coast. My family and life-long friends, along with millions of others had all of a sudden experienced "the worst experience of their life". Some were hurt, some went missing, some didn't make it.

In the words of my family and friends, just hours after the quake ...

"It felt like it was never going to end."

"The walls were falling on us."

"It was very scary at first, but when the power went out, I thought I was going insane."

"I couldn't even pray."

My mom said "I know everything broke in my house but I couldn't see it. It was dark and I was bouncing from wall to wall". I don't know if any of you has ever had to experience something similar but I was dying to help, and I didn't know how.

My initial reaction was, well, reactive. I wanted to fly down there and help with rescue efforts. Now, thinking with a clear head, I understand how much more I can help from here (San Diego, CA), if I combine efforts with all the amazing people I've met in my now new home. I've made some great friends and have worked with incredible people. I ask that we unite and help Ecuador recover, together. Please remember most people lost everything and the government of Ecuador has been extremely slow to respond - showing they have virtually no infrastructure to deal with an emergency such as this. Anything helps!

If you work for a company that can match any donations, please let me know or simply forward this link to the person in charge.

I will be updating you all, regularly, on how your donations are causing an inmediate, direct impact. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at 1.619.920.4004. Thank you and God Bless you. Francisco Almendares

$3,335

 

7% Raised of $50,000 Goal

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  • Eric & Connie Bolton

    $500

  • Dana Mauger

    $100

  • Kenna Hasson

     

  • Julie Zattolo

    $100

  • Jack Perkins

    $50

  • Sarah Pease

    $100

  • Mike Reilly

    $250

  • Sean Doheny

    $100

  • Cassie Byers

     

  • Rommel Abalos

     

  • Catherine Hansen Smith

    $25

  • Dhawal Sheth

     

  • Zeel

    $100

  • The Ward Family

    $25

  • Shannon And Art

    $50

  • Kellen and Alyssa Rayner

    $100

  • Cara & Aaron Pelander

    $50

  • Matt Dell

    $100

  • CrowdRise Donation

    $50

  • Andrea Caldwell

     

  • The Shin Family

    $100

  • Joe Hanna

    $50

  • Aaron

    $50

  • Kate Velasquez

    $25

  • Steve and Mandy Mazza

    $100

  • #elcomerico

    $50

  • The Parise Family

    $250

  • Shannon Hueston

     

  • Greg Spillane

    $200

  • Seton Edgerton

     

  • Daniela

    $50

  • dani weir

    $50

  • Lucia M

    $100

  • SurfYogaBeer

    $50

  • Alex Kahm

    $25

  • Mikey Baby!

     

  • Dan Cohen

    $25

  • Tasha and Mike

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Sean Kolina

    $50

  • Ralph and Annette Linares

    $100

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Donor Comments

Ralph and Annette Linares

Ralph and Annette Linares

DONATION: $100

1 year ago

Sean Kolina

Sean Kolina

DONATION: $50

1 year ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

Sending Love and Warm Vibes. May you find love, support and peace through this difficult time. 1 year ago

Tasha and Mike

Tasha and Mike

DONATION: $100

1 year ago

Dan Cohen

Dan Cohen

DONATION: $25

1 year ago

Mikey Baby!

Mikey Baby!

Nothing but love to you and your family. 1 year ago

Alex Kahm

Alex Kahm

DONATION: $25

<3 1 year ago

SurfYogaBeer

SurfYogaBeer

DONATION: $50

1 year ago

Lucia M

Lucia M

DONATION: $100

Donate and SHARE! Every amount counts! 1 year ago

dani weir

dani weir

DONATION: $50

<3 sending love <3 1 year ago

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