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Help Ecuador Earthquake Victims

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Ecuador was rocked by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that has devastated and even flattened cities and towns up and down the Ecuadorian coast, from Esmeraldas to Guayaquil. The province of Manabí, and its capital Portoviejo, was particularly hard hit. I lived and taught in Portoviejo in the early 90s and have been back several times to visit my in-laws, including a trip this past summer. Odd though it may seem, it feels a bit like a second-home to me and I marveled this past summer at how far the city had come since my sojourn there more than 20 years ago. Since Saturday I've been trying to process all the heart-wrenching photos online and it's difficult to see all the places I used to walk, now reduced to concrete chunks, dust, and rebar. Though all of our family there survived, they have been communicating with us about the horrors they have seen, the psychological trauma they're grappling with, and the terror caused by the aftershocks. Roads throughout the province have been destroyed, making certain towns and villages inaccessible. Water and sanitation will continue to pose challenges for a long time to come. This is a place that desperately needs help to recover from this devastating catastrophe. Please give to support the relief efforts in Ecuador. Thank you.



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