Help Janna & Carlos rebuildin Canoa

$13,475 of $30k goal

Raised by 76 people in 12 months
Janna Van Hoof  Toronto, ON


I am lucky to be alive and am grateful to start life again after the 7.8 Earthquake in Canoa, Ecuador. Carlos and I lost our buisness- Adicto Surf & SUP vegan cafe , our house, all our SUP & surf boards, our town's tourism and hearts crushed over loss- so much gone in an instant.  However, onward and upward!
We want to start again but we have lots of debt now and do not currently have money to rebuild.  
Please help us be able to live and invest in Canoa again-  to be able to give options for healthy food, and get our beloved kids surf team back in the water surfing and SUP'ing! Help us make it a reality in these desperate times. Canoa needs us there again. We will return in September and are in need of money, building supplies, and surf & sup equipment. Please help with anything you can spare!
If we raise enough money we will rebuild our home and be welcoming volunteers to help us and others in town rebuild. 
We want you to love Canoa like us and come visit in the future! Join us in rebuilding our awesome little, on the equator, surf town!

Adicto Surf Cafe before, 1 month old. 

after 7.8 Earthquake


Thank you to all the people that have helped the people of Canoa so far!  Let's get to building a beautiful, more tropical Canoa now. We need your help to make this a reality! 

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Update 6
Posted by Janna Van Hoof
6 months ago
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We are here in Canoa again. It has been a long journey and we are really happy to see so many faces that are familiar and doing ok. We have spent the last days visiting and sharing with friends that were here and meeting with volunteers that have been helping since that night. Its been difficult but we are finding peace with the process of continuing on. We are still in the process of applying for government assistance. What we thought would be easy yesterday has now turned into lots more paperwork and different answers all around but hopefully we will receive something for supplies to rebuild over the next couple months. We visited some of the tent camps today and found more faces we know. The death toll was much more then the government let on so its been nice to see people again for sure. Here are a couple pics of the camps. Some much nicer then others and some more strict then others. Some people are refusing to live under the rules they are instilling.. no music, no visitors, curfews, etc and are out on the streets. There are houses that have been built of metal but have no plumbing so they cant be used and no one seems to know when they will receive water and sewer so they are not being used at all. Some of the camps are telling people they have to be out by the end of November and move to another camp as the assistance is being cut soon. It will be good for us to come back in Jan/Feb and see how things play out over the next couple months. Thank you everyone for all your support and hopefully over the winter things will improve here a lot. I will update again before we leave Canoa in the next couple weeks and you can follow me on Snapchat too, i plan on having some fun with the kids this weekend on there. Find me under vegansupsurfer and I will share on facebook too. Hope you all are well, thanks again to all of you- without you we wouldn't have even had money to come back again! xoxo
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Update 5
Posted by Janna Van Hoof
7 months ago
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If anyone has older cell phones that are media phones (can use a wifi browser) or older iPods or tablets to donate. I want to take them for some of the children in Canoa that don't have access to use the wifi that is sometimes available. There is no cyber cafe anymore. I can collect this week in Toronto and next month in California. <3 Thanks everyone! I hope you are ok with getting some new updates as we get prepped and down there again!
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Update 4
Posted by Janna Van Hoof
7 months ago
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HI everyone,
We have spent the summer at SUPGirlz but with the credit card debt now paid off we are not left with anything to rebuild -just yet. We are going back for the month of November and will try see what the possibilities are to getting some supplies or money out of the Ecuador earthquake funds that are already in place there. Not much has been done in the town, lots of people (most) are still in tents in not good conditions. We will report more when we get there. If anyone has any work for us (SUP, surf, or vegan related) let us know. We need to save up money to rebuild and we are still far from what we need to start. We will be in California in October for Pacific Paddle Games ( 4 Carlos) and a Master SUP WPA/PIF training ( 4 Janna) and Ecuador after that. We are excited to get back to see our beloved children , friends, and family. Please stay posted and thank you so much for all you have done already! We still have every intention to rebuild but need to keep money coming in until that is possible. Love to you all!
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Update 3
Posted by Janna Van Hoof
10 months ago
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Sorry for not posting an update in a bit.. we are working away in Toronto now. We are planing on raising money here by putting together an event in August, more info soon. . As for Canoa, things are moving along slowly. The town has been cleaned up a lot but no one seems to have permission to rebuild. The government has stated they want people to wait till 3 months after the earthquake hit to give out building permits, we are only at 2 months now. I imagine a lot of restructuring of the building permit process and city planning is happening but we are frustrated not seeing things happen faster still. There are many people on the ground in Canoa that need support. Ive listed them in our last update and if you can please help them too.. We won't be back there till September and will use the money we have raised for rebuilding and worthwhile programs then. Thank you all for everything so far. It is still going to be a long haul to get Canoa back to a base of normal for tourism and the locals. Your thoughts, shares, and donations are the basis of al the help happening! No government plans for rebuilding peoples houses or jobs has been put into action yet. So please keep Canoa in your thoughts and actions if at all possible! Thank you!
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Matthew Stephenson
10 months ago

Any news on Canoa's recovery

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Natalia Kazantseva
11 months ago

Janna, Carlos my heart is with you

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$13,475 of $30k goal

Raised by 76 people in 12 months
Created April 30, 2016
JU
$250
Jon & Margret Uchida
5 months ago (Offline Donation)
NF
$500
Niv Froehlich
5 months ago (Offline Donation)
TF
$25
Trine Funnesdal
6 months ago

Good luck rebuilding your home❤️❤️❤️

NY
$75
nelly y
6 months ago
$25
Megan Kitchner
7 months ago
$100
Anonymous
7 months ago
MN
$20
Mark Nicholson
7 months ago

Janna, Gisa still makes the delicious vegan icecream she learned to make from you at your cafe. And your breakfasts still remain a highlight of our trip to Ecuador. Blessings on you and Carlos and Canoa.

ST
$1,300
SUPGirlz Toronto
7 months ago (Offline Donation)

Our end of the season closing party raised $1300! Thank you all that showed up with $ and to Billabong and RVCA for silent auction items! You all rock!

CS
$100
Charlene Sebastian
7 months ago
SB
$100
Susan Bosley
7 months ago

Luv ya Janna and Carlos, and our time supsurfing (our version of!) in Canoa and every meal at Adicto!

Matthew Stephenson
10 months ago

Any news on Canoa's recovery

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Natalia Kazantseva
11 months ago

Janna, Carlos my heart is with you

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