Our names are Eliza Burbano, Ana Isabel Carranco and Pierre Castro, Ecuadorians studying at Union College, NY. On April 16 of this year, a devastating Earthquake (7.8 in magnitude) hit the whole country of Ecuador, killing so far more than 500 people (and increasing), and injuring more than 4,000.
Ecuador is a small country in South America, and it is in a state of turmoil and chaos. Thousands of homes have been destroyed, cities are complete rubble at this point.
People are sleeping in the streets, and some are still missing. My mom and siblings (Pierre Castro) are currently without communication, with no water, no food, and no electricity. The small hospital in their city (Bahia de Caraquez) is completely saturated. Any donations of any size are extremely appreciated, and all proceedings will go directly to the representatives working with the Red Cross in Bahia de Caraquez, the village where my mom and siblings live. To get the funds to those who really need it, we will personally collect the money from the GoFundMe campaign, and wire it directly to the representatives working with the Red Cross in Bahia de Caraquez. These funds will provide water, non-perishable food, medicine, and coffins (families are mourning their relatives on the streets). Thank you so much for all your kindness.
"A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” -Steve Maraboli
Eliza Burbano, Ana Isabel Carranco and Pierre Castro Viteri
My mom and siblings (Pierre Castro) finally made it safely to safe zones in Ecuador. They spent various days without water or food. Although they are safe, they will not be able to go back to their home. According to their experience, people in Bahia de Caraquez desperately need water, food, tents and medicine. Small children are starting to get sick due to the lack of drinkable water. Please help us help them in this time of need.
These are the images we are receiving from Bahia de Caraquez and the surrounding regions at the moment: