Homes for Ecuador Earthquake Victims
Organized by: Josh Garrett
Improved Structures and New Photos
May 21, 2016
On Saturday April 16, a massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck the coast of Ecuador. In addition to killing more than 600 people and injuring 12,000 others, the quake devastated infrastructure in the coastal region, leaving thousands of Ecuadorians homeless.
Manuel Pallares, an Ecuadorian biologist, environmentalist, and business owner, is leading a project to constuct temporary homes out of bamboo and plastic sheeting for victims of the quake. The homes meet one of the victims' most basic needs--shelter from the elements--and double as rainwater collection systems to provide clean drinking water. The 6 x 8 meter (18 x 24 feet) shelters are designed to house entire families who have lost their homes. Though meant to be temporary, the homes are sturdy enough to be lived in for a year or more.
Please join me in supporting Manuel's efforts to provide shelter to people who lost their homes by donating toward the purchase of supplies for the homes:
- Bamboo stalks - the main support beams of the homes
- Greenhouse plastic - for roofs and walls
- Barrels - to collect rain water for drinking and washing
- Gasoline - for trucks and vehicles transporting the materials to where the homes are needed
Please donate to supoort Manuel and his collaborators who are so generously contributing their time and hard work to help those whose lives have been upended by Ecuador's most devastating natural disaster in decades.