New England for Ecuador
On Saturday April 16th, a 7.8 earthquake stuck our country Ecuador. People lost family members, their homes, their sources of income and much more, leaving them homeless heartbroken. It is going to be a long journey for them to rebuild their homes and reestablish peace and serenity in them. However, you can help us raise awareness by donating to this fundraiser.
We will be table sitting today, April 19th from 11 am to 3pm at the Campus Center raising funds for this cause. Working side-by-side with the Ecuadorian Scouts Association, we have created a GoFundMe campaign where all the funds raised today and in the next days will be directly donated to the “Grupo Scout Liceo Internacional” (Boys Scouts of the International School) which will use the money to build emergency shelters for the survivors who lost their houses.
Each Shelter House will cost around 2000-3000 USD. The assembly time is approximately 12 hours. this Shelter Houses are intended to last 5-6 years and can hold up to 6-8 family members. If you would like more information about the emergency shelters you can visit: http://www.cd-ec.org/vivienda-emergente/
We are reaching out to you and to the wonderful WPI community because we were lucky enough not to lose any family members, but more than 500 (until now) people did. State Officials have said that the expected victim count will surpass the 1000 mark. This is why we feel in the obligation and the necessity to reach out to as many people as possible in order to help these families out.
More information about the earthquake can be obtained in the CNN article ( http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/18/americas/ecuador-earthquake/index.html), directly to the GoFundMe page, or by searching with the hashtags #ecuadorearthquake #AllEcuadorNeedsIsYou #prayforecuador.
Please, if you can share the GoFundMe link above with your family, friends and relatives, the people of Ecuador and us will thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Thank you for your support and generosity. Even a modest contribution helps and your support is greatly appreciated!
The WPI Ecuadorian Students
How Matias is related to the organization you're raising funds for?
Matias is a long time member of Grupo Scout Liceo Internacional. He left the group and the country to fulfill his studies here in the United States. He remains in contact with the group helping out whenever needed. After the Ecuador Earthquake we decided to work with Matias and the group so they can get the funds to execute a emergency shelter project on the affected area.
That Matias will be withdrawing the funds in his name
Matias will be withdrawing the funds in his name, and his honor he will make sure he delivers the money to Grupo Scout Liceo Internacional.
How exactly Matias will be delivering the funds to the organization you're raising funds for
Matias will be travelling to Ecuador in March where he will meet with Grupo Scout Liceo Internacional Director and Financial representative to deliver the funds.