Hi, my name is Kelley. My sister, Kimberly James, and her fiance, Christopher Mihalik, are ex-pats living in the remote fishing village of San Clemente in the Manabi province of Ecuador. Their village, and the neighboring village of San Alejo, were devastated on April 16th by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake.
Kimberly and Chris's home has been damaged there, Chris sustained some injuries, and currently have no running water or electricity, but this fund is NOT for them.
As Kim and Chris would want it, this fund is for the Ecuadorian people who live in the village. These people are full of joy, but they truly have nothing but the shirts on their backs. Over the past 2 years, Kimberly and Chris have done many good things in their village. Kim's deep commitment to animals, has resulted in many street animals being adopted after spay/neuter services, necessary shots, and a lot of TLC. They have coordinated the efforts to bring in school supplies, clothing, baseball mitts and swimming suits for the children, in addition to the thousands of dollars in supplies they have personally donated to the people of their community.
The animals and people who they have helped over the past two years are suffering tremendously right now and will need more help than ever. Because my sister is right there in the village this fund is a direct life line to the people of the village of San Clemente/San Alejo and San Jacinto, Ecuador.
I hope you will consider helping. US dollars go a long way in Ecuador (and their economy uses the US dollar), so even the smallest of donations is a big help. I know that it will bring such tremendous joy to Kimberly and Chris to help their village recover.