Ecuador Earthquake Recovery -Manabi

$21,801 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 215 people in 39 months
Kelley King
on behalf of Kimberly James
 RAMONA, CA
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.
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I am really proud to share the actions of a fourth grade boy and the amazing thing he accomplished to help Ecuador!

I am a school principal and Marc Jinich is one of my students....and a most remarkable one. Marc wrote an essay on the meaning of good character for a contest. He won first place and an award of $200. Instead of choosing to spend the money on himself, Marc decided to use the award as seed money to organize a Fun Run to benefit Ecuador.

He held meetings during lunch with students who volunteered to help him. He made posters, created a flyer, spoke at school assemblies. He made sure that water and tables and a sound system were set up for the big day. On June 9th, he took the mic and MC'd the event with amazing poise and confidence! With a goal of bringing in $1000, he diligently collected registration fees and donations.

And guess what? This 10-year-old boy didn't just bring in $1000. He brought in over $2,200!!! Can you believe what one young boy can accomplish? The people of this world are lucky to have people like Marc amongst us.

He truly exemplifies good character. Congratulations to Marc's parents, Daniela and Ricardo, for raising such a fine young man. Kol Hakavod, Marc!! And on behalf of my sister, Kimberly James, and the folks in Ecuador, Toda Raba!
Here are the kids starting the race!
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Hi everyone, it's Kimberly, doing an update from the coast of Ecuador. What a wild ride it has been. Thank you for joining us!

The evolution of the earthquake continues. The reality that life here will never be the same is starting to sink in, as the shock and grief are processed. The frenetic pace of the initial days is over, but the real work begins in terms of finding solutions for the mid to long term. We now have a 'tent city' set up in our neighborhood, which houses 105 people, 48 of which are children, and three of which have special needs. There are over 25,000 people displaced so its pretty overwhelming, Although the families now have a roof over their heads, many do not have the basics such as mattresses, access to clean water, or bathroom facilities. In the encampment, the residents have built a 'kitchen' to feed all occupants, charging .50 a meal. Sadly, not every family can afford this fee. Our aim is to be able to secure payment for the children's meals, which would cost about $25 a day, or $750 a month.

Yesterday, we were invited to a Children's Day celebration in the camp. The tents were decorated with bows made from toilet paper and flowers made out of pages of discarded magazines. It's amazing to see the resourcefulness of this community. We were greeted with great enthusiasm and hugs. The organizer of the event thanked everyone who has donated to this Gofundme campaign, calling you the 'madrinas and madrinos' of the village, meaning Godmothers and Godfathers. It is so humbling to be the on the ground representative of so much generosity and the recipient of so much gratitude.

This week, were were also able to Skype a discussion between the children at San Diego Jewish Academy and the children here. They talked quite a bit, including talking about what has changed since the earthquake, sports they like, and dreams of the future. It was really touching and we hope to keep the lines of communication open between the children so they can continue to learn about life from each other. During the call, a great kid named Leo came forward to say his family was one of those still in a tent. You will see him in the first picture...he is the little boy with an orange t-shirt, clutching a bottle of clean water. We will continue to follow the story of Leo and his family, and report in regularly on their progress towards rebuilding their home. Your donations will allow us to watch over them and supply their basic needs. I thank you, and little Leo's mom thanks you too. He is a great kid, who is no different than many kids, except that he is burdened with the fact he was born in a poor community, to a poor family, who endured a massive natural disaster. There but for the grace of God, go I.

Thank you again for your continued love and support. You have made so much possible and touched so many lives and you will always be remembered as heroes in a time of great need. We will check in again soon.

Pase bien,

Kim and Chris
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More pics!
The camps kitchen
tent city decorated for Children's Day
A homeless 84 year old lady in tent city
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Hi everyone, it's Kimberly, doing an update from the coast of Ecuador. What a wild ride it has been. Thank you for joining us!

The evolution of the earthquake continues. The reality that life here will never be the same is starting to sink in, as the shock and grief are processed. The frenetic pace of the initial days is over, but the real work begins in terms of finding solutions for the mid to long term. We now have a 'tent city' set up in our neighborhood, which houses 105 people, 48 of which are children, and three of which have special needs. There are over 25,000 people displaced so its pretty overwhelming, Although the families now have a roof over their heads, many do not have the basics such as mattresses, access to clean water, or bathroom facilities. In the encampment, the residents have built a 'kitchen' to feed all occupants, charging .50 a meal. Sadly, not every family can afford this fee. Our aim is to be able to secure payment for the children's meals, which would cost about $25 a day, or $750 a month.

Yesterday, we were invited to a Children's Day celebration in the camp. The tents were decorated with bows made from toilet paper and flowers made out of pages of discarded magazines. It's amazing to see the resourcefulness of this community. We were greeted with great enthusiasm and hugs. The organizer of the event thanked everyone who has donated to this Gofundme campaign, calling you the 'madrinas and madrinos' of the village, meaning Godmothers and Godfathers. It is so humbling to be the on the ground representative of so much generosity and the recipient of so much gratitude.

This week, were were also able to Skype a discussion between the children at San Diego Jewish Academy and the children here. They talked quite a bit, including what has changed since the earthquake, sports they like, and dreams of the future. It was really touching and we hope to keep the lines of communication open between the children so they can continue to learn about life from each other. During the call, a great kid named Leo came forward to say his family was one of those still in a tent. You will see him in the first picture...he is the little boy with an orange t-shirt, clutching a bottle of clean water. We will continue to follow the story of Leo and his family, and report in regularly on their progress towards rebuilding their home. Your donations will allow us to watch over them and supply their basic needs. I thank you, and little Leo's mom thanks you too. He is a great kid, who is no different than many kids, except that he is burdened with the fact he was born in a poor community, to a poor family, who endured a massive natural disaster. There but for the grace of God, go I.

Thank you again for your continued love and support. You have made so much possible and touched so many lives and you will always be remembered as heroes in a time of great need. We will check in again soon.

Pase bien,

Kim and Chris

Leo's family, in front of their tent.
Tent city decorated for Children's Day.
This is all this sweet lady has left.
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Kimberly James
39 months ago
6
6

Stunned, humbled, crying. I know it must be so hard to comprehend the devastation of people so afar, but despite that, you have donated. Our poor village will be be very, very humbled and grateful. This is a gift of a historical magnitude. A gift from countries they most likely will never visit. We can replace despair with hope. Restore pride. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I am so touched that you would consider helping our tiny community. They will find out their support system was bigger than they could ever imagined......and stretches across color, creed, and nationality. What an awesome legacy.

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Donna Murray
39 months ago
5
5

We lived in San Clemente for a year and a half and moved back to the US Sept. 2015. We were friends with Kim and Chris and have seen all they have done for the community there. They have dome wonders with all the stray animals there along with employing local people. I know any donations here will go for the help of the people there that are very proud, hard working people who live on very little as it is. So this damage has affected them worse than we can imagine ( since they have very little). My heart goes out to the people of San Clemente, expats and locals. It will take them months to years to rebuild what has been lost.

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Anne Foster
39 months ago
4
4

My husband and I live in San Clemente and are both neighbors and good friends of Kim and Chris. We have helped on many of the projects and I personally assisted with the spay and neuter clinic on a neighbor's kitchen table. I can guarantee that any and all donations will go directly into the community of San Clemente to rebuild for these wonderful people who have so little and have lost so much. Thank you for your donations from the bottom of our hearts.

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Mary Macdonald
39 months ago
3
3

John and I have lived here in San Clemente for over 4 years now and have known Kimberly and Chris since they moved here. We can attest that the money being donated is and will continue to be used to support the people here in our small fishing village. These are genuine photos of our wonderful neighbors and friends. Thank you all for your generous donations. God Bless and please keep praying .

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Laqueta Browder Leonard Meyer
39 months ago
3
3

I personally know this person. Her heart is bigger then Texas! She and Chris have and continue to put the needs of others before their own. Any little bit you can do will go a long way in the help to restore some normalcy for the victims in Ecuador.

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Terri Hackenberg
39 months ago
3
3

My brother Billy also lives in the same town. Communication is almost zero here in Canada. Thanks to the many family members of his neighbors and friends that live in the U.S. that are keeping us posted via FB and texts!

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Juan Camilo Rodriguez H
39 months ago
3
3

On behalf of all of the people that this will help, thank you.

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Don Andrews
39 months ago
3
3

Share this post everywhere.

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Jane Stolle Goodman
39 months ago
2
2

I have personally known Kimberly James of San Clemente, Ecuador, for several years. I put my own integrity on the line when I state she is one of the most honest and caring people in this world. For anyone to suggest less than that of her is absolutely ludicrous. Dr. N. Jane Goodman, Cuenca, Ecuador

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Valerie Panien
38 months ago
1
1

Hi Kim, happy birthday! Hope you're enjoying your day in Cuenca and you're having a great one! :)

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Frances Romine
39 months ago
1
1

Great job Kimberly and Chris are doing!

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Rich Watters
39 months ago
1
1

I am stunned and happy for the generosity of all who have donated to Kim&Chris' efforts to help our Ecuadorean neighbors survive and rebuild their lives after this terrible quake. Seeing the devastation the quake cost and the toll that it has taken on the people but their resilience to bounce back is so heart warming! You see the humility and thanks in each of their faces as you hand the a sandwich and a bottle of water or 2 days of food. Every dollar that is donated to this goes straight to the people. No admin costs, no hidden fees, just straight to the people. As food and water become more readily available here in San Clemente, San Alejo, and San Jacinto donations will go to helping these towns rebuild and get back to the happy places that they were before April 16th. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of my friends and their friends and neighbors who donated! God bless you!

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Kimberly James
39 months ago
1
1

I can't begin to explain what these donations have meant to our small village. We have not only been able to help our community, but the two adjacent communities, (all which are on the same beach and are connected). Today, we purchased another $1243 in groceries, and had friends assemble almost 200 sandwiches to give to the first responders, the fire department and the health clinic workers. Tomorrow, we are scheduled to give out another 102 bags of food, which are packed to feed and give supplies (toilet paper, diapers, formula, etc.) to a family of 4 for 2 days. That means, 408 people will benefit from your generosity in just one day! Can you believe it? I am going to send more pics. They are heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time and I hope that they show you exactly how much you are helping. We have our donations accounted for to the penny........except one volunteer did admit to eating two pieces of bologna destined for the sandwiches today. :-). We are so blessed to have you as family and friends and in the eyes of our communities, you are all heros. Thanks Rich, for all your efforts. See you for sandwich delivery to those sleeping in the streets, tomorrow at 10! xoxo

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CD
$100
Cecil Dyer
37 months ago
2
2
SB
$36
Sara Burman
37 months ago
2
2
MJ
$1,440
Marc Jinich
37 months ago
3
3

Ecuadorun Donations. Thank you to all who participated and donated! Marc Jinich

EC
$35
Elyse eucadorrun Christenson
37 months ago
2
2
YZ
$54
Yael Zucker-Abudi
37 months ago
3
3

Thank you for making the world a better place to live! Yael, Eyal, Gil & Dean

EJ
$50
Ellie Josephson
37 months ago
3
3
$36
Baruch Rock
37 months ago
3
3

This is from David, Osher, and Eden Rock. Carina and Baruch gave earlier in the campaign.

KS
$150
Kayla and Gabrielle Scott
37 months ago
3
3
$36
Dianne Shapp
37 months ago
2
2

Equadorun donation - amazing mitzvah Marc!

EB
$300
Emilia Brachet
37 months ago
2
2

Para los niños de Ecuador, mi corazón esta con ustedes. Siento mucho lo que pasó en su país. Les mando mucha fuerza y mucho amor. Estamos con ustedes!!! Emi, 10 años, desde San Diego.

Kimberly James
39 months ago
6
6

Stunned, humbled, crying. I know it must be so hard to comprehend the devastation of people so afar, but despite that, you have donated. Our poor village will be be very, very humbled and grateful. This is a gift of a historical magnitude. A gift from countries they most likely will never visit. We can replace despair with hope. Restore pride. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I am so touched that you would consider helping our tiny community. They will find out their support system was bigger than they could ever imagined......and stretches across color, creed, and nationality. What an awesome legacy.

+ Read More
Donna Murray
39 months ago
5
5

We lived in San Clemente for a year and a half and moved back to the US Sept. 2015. We were friends with Kim and Chris and have seen all they have done for the community there. They have dome wonders with all the stray animals there along with employing local people. I know any donations here will go for the help of the people there that are very proud, hard working people who live on very little as it is. So this damage has affected them worse than we can imagine ( since they have very little). My heart goes out to the people of San Clemente, expats and locals. It will take them months to years to rebuild what has been lost.

+ Read More
Anne Foster
39 months ago
4
4

My husband and I live in San Clemente and are both neighbors and good friends of Kim and Chris. We have helped on many of the projects and I personally assisted with the spay and neuter clinic on a neighbor's kitchen table. I can guarantee that any and all donations will go directly into the community of San Clemente to rebuild for these wonderful people who have so little and have lost so much. Thank you for your donations from the bottom of our hearts.

+ Read More
Mary Macdonald
39 months ago
3
3

John and I have lived here in San Clemente for over 4 years now and have known Kimberly and Chris since they moved here. We can attest that the money being donated is and will continue to be used to support the people here in our small fishing village. These are genuine photos of our wonderful neighbors and friends. Thank you all for your generous donations. God Bless and please keep praying .

+ Read More
Laqueta Browder Leonard Meyer
39 months ago
3
3

I personally know this person. Her heart is bigger then Texas! She and Chris have and continue to put the needs of others before their own. Any little bit you can do will go a long way in the help to restore some normalcy for the victims in Ecuador.

+ Read More
Terri Hackenberg
39 months ago
3
3

My brother Billy also lives in the same town. Communication is almost zero here in Canada. Thanks to the many family members of his neighbors and friends that live in the U.S. that are keeping us posted via FB and texts!

+ Read More
Juan Camilo Rodriguez H
39 months ago
3
3

On behalf of all of the people that this will help, thank you.

+ Read More
Don Andrews
39 months ago
3
3

Share this post everywhere.

+ Read More
Jane Stolle Goodman
39 months ago
2
2

I have personally known Kimberly James of San Clemente, Ecuador, for several years. I put my own integrity on the line when I state she is one of the most honest and caring people in this world. For anyone to suggest less than that of her is absolutely ludicrous. Dr. N. Jane Goodman, Cuenca, Ecuador

+ Read More
Valerie Panien
38 months ago
1
1

Hi Kim, happy birthday! Hope you're enjoying your day in Cuenca and you're having a great one! :)

+ Read More
Frances Romine
39 months ago
1
1

Great job Kimberly and Chris are doing!

+ Read More
Rich Watters
39 months ago
1
1

I am stunned and happy for the generosity of all who have donated to Kim&Chris' efforts to help our Ecuadorean neighbors survive and rebuild their lives after this terrible quake. Seeing the devastation the quake cost and the toll that it has taken on the people but their resilience to bounce back is so heart warming! You see the humility and thanks in each of their faces as you hand the a sandwich and a bottle of water or 2 days of food. Every dollar that is donated to this goes straight to the people. No admin costs, no hidden fees, just straight to the people. As food and water become more readily available here in San Clemente, San Alejo, and San Jacinto donations will go to helping these towns rebuild and get back to the happy places that they were before April 16th. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of my friends and their friends and neighbors who donated! God bless you!

+ Read More
Kimberly James
39 months ago
1
1

I can't begin to explain what these donations have meant to our small village. We have not only been able to help our community, but the two adjacent communities, (all which are on the same beach and are connected). Today, we purchased another $1243 in groceries, and had friends assemble almost 200 sandwiches to give to the first responders, the fire department and the health clinic workers. Tomorrow, we are scheduled to give out another 102 bags of food, which are packed to feed and give supplies (toilet paper, diapers, formula, etc.) to a family of 4 for 2 days. That means, 408 people will benefit from your generosity in just one day! Can you believe it? I am going to send more pics. They are heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time and I hope that they show you exactly how much you are helping. We have our donations accounted for to the penny........except one volunteer did admit to eating two pieces of bologna destined for the sandwiches today. :-). We are so blessed to have you as family and friends and in the eyes of our communities, you are all heros. Thanks Rich, for all your efforts. See you for sandwich delivery to those sleeping in the streets, tomorrow at 10! xoxo

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