|Donate to the Ecuador Earthquake Emergency Relief Fund|
As you may know, on Saturday, April 16th, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck the northern coast of Ecuador about 100 miles northwest of Quito. This was the largest earthquake Ecuador has experienced in decades and reports are indicating a death toll of over 400 with thousands injured and huge devastation of coastal communities and tens of thousands left homeless.The magnitude of the crisis is so great that urgent support is needed to reach those in need as quickly as possible.
Donate to the Earthquake Emergency Relief Fund set up independent of Pachamama Alliance* to immediately help with relief efforts. The Pachamama Alliance is the nonprofit organization that Lynne and Bill Twist founded in 1995 to partner with indigenous peoples to help preserve the Amazon rainforest. nThe Ecuador Program director, Belén Paez, working wiht Pachamama Alliance and other volunteers, have been on the ground working directly with local groups on relief efforts.
It will take the central government a while to organize and respond with large scale relief efforts. In the meantime, these local efforts are moving quickly to provide the most basic supplies like food, water, shelter, clothing, mosquito nets, medical care, and search and rescue efforts. It will take years for the country to recuperate from this tragedy, but we can help make a real start right now.
The intention is to raise as much as possible as quickly as we can. Donate now and funds will be sent directly to these immediate-response efforts
*Your donation to the Ecuador Earthquake Emergency Relief Fund will be routed to a small team in Ecuador that will determine how to distribute the funds. Your donation does not fund the programs of Pachamama Alliance, but will be processed through Pachamama Alliance.