Over the month of May, I will be travelling to Ecuador along with other students from Canada and the USA; to offer ongoing support to the families affected by poverty and natural disasters. In 2016, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Ecuador, destroying fishing ports, tourist beaches and dozens of homes, schools and hospitals in the coastal cities and towns. Reports following this disaster confirmed over 600 dead and 16,000 injured. After the earthquake, many groups worldwide came to Ecuador to mobilize relief efforts, and help Ecuador rebuild what was lost. Although much help has been given, the people of Ecuador desperately need continued help.
Together, we will help build 20 new earthquake-resistant homes for families who have lost everything. Each home will have two bedrooms, one bathroom, a kitchen, a living area, and running water/electricity. The cost to build each home is approximately $6500. These 20 new homes cannot be completed without financial support. I reach out to you asking that you consider donating to this cause to help us restore hope for the families of Ecuador!
I will be travelling with the volunteer organization Help, Learn, Discover (HLD), which is a volunteer organization approaching its 13th summer building homes and providing hope to families in the poorest regions of Ecuador. Since 2005, HLD students have collectively fundraised over $1,000,000 and have constructed over 150 homes in rural Ecuador. Last year, HLD staff and students participated in rebuilding the community of Pujili. With generous donations from sponsors, students travelling with HLD collectively fundraised over $100,000 and helped build 20 new homes for families who had nearly nothing. This year, we will be returning to Ecuador, and need your support for our volunteer project.
100% of your donation will go directly towards building these homes. We purchase all of the supplies in Ecuador from local stores, to further support the local communities. Any excess funds will go towards medical expenses and pediatric surgeries for families who otherwise cannot afford treatment. No fundraised money whatsoever is allocated towards any administrative fees or wages associated with running the HLD programs.
Thank you for your time and generosity! We hope we can make a difference this summer with your support.
- Craig Hruska
- Yanick Frappier
- SteveLicia Gardiner
- Matthew Black
- Trish Cull