Ecuador Relief-Rebuilding Tradition

On April 16, a 7.8 earthquake hit the coastal region of Ecuador.  My hometown of Portoviejo was one of the hardest hit, many buildings collapsed and many others aren't safe enough to use. My brother's business was one of those that was partly destroyed, it will have to be demolished and rebuilt.

Almacén San Agustín was built by my grandfather, Adriano Zambrano, over 60 years ago. He was an entrepreneur who imported the first cars to the province of Manabi, and was known for always having what you could not find anywhere else.  If he couldn't import it he would have it made. From farmers to small business owners, everyone knew they could find what they needed at Almacén San Agustín, located in the heart of all commerce in my province. Don Adriano was also known as an optimist and was always willing and ready to lend a hand to those in need, and to help beautify his town. 

My father took over the business several years ago when my grandpa became ill and later passed. My brother and his wife have been running the store for a few years and this devastating earthquake has shattered their only source of income.

The money will be used to cover the expenses that my brother will have for rebuilding the Almacén San Agustín. Your help in these trying times are crucial for my entire family as we need funds to start the rebuilding process and to minimize as much as possible the length of time that my brother is not working at the store.

As I write this, I remember as a little girl asking my grandpa to share his noodle soup with me, and he would smile at me because I would say “share grandpa share” (“comparta abuelito comparta”) and he would delightfully share with me what he made.  With that same sentiment I thank you and bless each one of you for also partaking in the sharing/giving to my family.

Through your support, my brother will be able to rebuild my grandpa’s legacy and you are directly influencing a family that wants to keep a tradition and hope alive in the city and province affected by the earthquake in Ecuador.
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Danie Zambrano 
Fairfax, VA
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