Ecuador Quake relief, #canoareviva
$5,835 of $10,000 goal
Let us show Ecuador that we care, and help Manabí recover. We are working with a team of Expats in Canoa and Bahia to assist in the recovery efforts. We would like to empower those who really care and really want to help rebuild their towns. There are many people who are complacent with the donations, but there are those who would like to do more.
We are setting up micro-projects in the area for those who wish to work. These residents will work an eight hour day on a project rebuilding their community, and receive a wage and lunch. We ae reconstructing shelters, classrooms, wells, and cleaning up the towns. We believe this approach will help the residents to move forward, reconstruct the area, and provide economic stimulus.
Let´s help reinvest in the community, and show them we care :)
1. Who we are:
My name is Aaron St. Clair, I am an expat living in Quito, Ecuador for almost 10 years. I am married to an Ecuadorian, Daniela Acevedo, and we have a one year old baby girl, Emma. I am working with other expats, locals, and local businesses to raise money to help reconstruct the Manabí area, which was devastated by the 7.8 earthquake on the 16th of April. I am originally from Utah, and I thank all my friends and family from there who have already helped with donations. I have a business in Quito, a discotec called Bungalow 6. We will also be holding fundraisers throughout the month of May. Helping to raise money for this fund are Jake Kywi, Elio Serrano, David Baker, and Sean Carter. Two locals and two fellow expats.
2. Our relationship to the cause:
We have many close ties to the city of Canoa, and Bahia. Sean Carter lives in Bahia and is surrounded by the devastation. Many expats, and close friends, reside in the area, and are taking up leadership roles in the recovery efforts. Peter & Maija Stromberg, along with Eric Wenz, are doing amazing work in Canoa and are our primary recipients of the funds we are receiving. We are hoping to have some projects set up in Bahia shortly, with the help of Sean Carter, owner of the Coco Bongo hostal.
3. How the funds will be spent:
We are taking a help-yourself approach to the assistance we are providing. Initially the people were given an abundance of supplies; food, water, medical treatment, and shelter. People were quickly adapting to the donations, and not motivated to start moving forward with the work ahead. We have decided to invest in the people. In addition to having access to the food, water, and other living supplies we have, we are going to pay them to help the community. Those who wish to participate will assist us in micro-projects throughout the area. We are constructing shelters, digging wells, building temporary classrooms, and helping neighbors rebuild. These residents will work an eight hour day, and receive a wage for their labor.
4. Purchases and supplies:
A portion of the money will be spent on construction material and a few odd items necessary to help our work force. Initially we spent some of the funds on much needed baby supplies. We loaded up a truck with diapers, baby food, and sanitary products.
If you know of any projects that we can assist with, please write me. We are focusing on the areas of Bahia de Caraquez, Briceño, and Canoa.
Thank you for your kind support.
We have donations of bamboo for houses... we are building homes for poeple. We are opening wells in 3 communities that are going to have independent clean water sources from now on. We are working with the youth of Canoa...today we offered free surf classes, we have movie night's, yoga classes, and much more. We are helping to create the evacuation routes and emergency procedures for Canoa, Briceno, and San Vicho. We are creating small loans for people to rebuild their businesses and empowering the community to start again. We are getting to the farthest reaching communities with doctors and donations to the people who need it the most. We are helping our urban population by speeding up the beaurocricy of demolition. We are helping families salvage what they can before their homes are torn down. We are creating a pet refuge for abandoned animals with top notch vet care.
Just a sample of what your donations are supporting. Don't stop...keep up the support, we need you, in order to do what we do
After we get to our goal, I will suspend this account and focus on alternate fundraising approaches. You will also see me promote a gofundme campaign being managed directly from a Canoa resident.
Well after those "aftershocks" yesterday, I just about lost it! We all have been going non stop for a month now (it hasn't been like 3 years? Feels like it) and we did not need that. Sometimes it feels like you take 3 steps forward and 2 steps back...progress feels slow and tedious. But then, someone said to me yesterday "think of how many lives were saved yesterday because we fought like hell to take those buildings down in Canoa." It really made me think that we have made progress in Canoa, in spite of peoples jealous ways, government tardiness and over all red tape. Canoa reviva is true and is working! ElizaBeth and I called each other crying after the shocks and we were questioning what we are doing. We all have so much trauma, drama, and doubt about what a normal life will be for us. I had to say goodbye yesterday to my rock, my sister warrior Brittany Burglin...who in spite of her fears came down to his war zone at the drop of a hat (and even experienced the 2 quakes yesterday). We need more warriors like her! I had to take a breather and come to drop her off in Guayaquil...Canoa got the best of me yesterday. I am working on not feeling guilty for not being there, but we all have to take care of ourselves to be able to help others. And, icing on the cake...to be able to witness the progress that Cathy Cooper Corliss has made since the night of the earthquake (I haven't seen her for 3 weeks until yesterday)! Wow people! Alan Corliss and Kyrstin Corliss have been taking such good care of her! It makes me know that this is all worth the fight. So many people to thank! You see both sides of humanity in these situation...but I only want to recognize the positivity and the beauty and let karma work it's magic on the rest of them. Oh and side note...there are many great things and organizations here that are saving Canoa. Just do what you can...any help is good help. #canoareviva #fuerzaecuador
After the 6.8 quake yesterday just before noon, a 5 story building we slated to demo fell an hour before schedule. Luckily no one was inside and it was cordoned off; albeit not many locals pay much attention to Danger tape and complacency sets in. Hopefully this will act as a reminder to everyone about the dangers these unstable buildings pose. Thanks to Maija Burglin Stromberg, Peter Stromberg, Erik Wenz, Krista Wenz, Santiago Echeverria Troya, Augusto Falcones Maldonado, Adam Nolan, Elizabeth J Stark, German Martinez, Sheila Byrne, Matt Fisher & Terrence Wade and the 150 locals who showed up to work, the San Vicente municipality (GAD) and Emergency Operation Committee (COE), who have been working with us to take many of these unsafe building down. Who knows how many lives they have saved. #canaoreviva #fuerzaecuador