This night was a testament of the Community that is Hostos inversts our hearts and passions toward a great cause to help those in need, the energy, support, and collaboration come together to have impact. The “Hope for Ecuador Concert” was a total success in all aspects. Great artists, great performances, and a great audience shared an immense love to support Ecuador in this moment of crisis. Huge thanks to the Hostos family and Organizacion Juventud Ecuatoriana for all your support.
The effort to give assistance continues. On May 18th another 6.8 magnitude quake struck the region.
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All proceeds go toward relief aid in Ecuador….what you haven’t heard about the earthquakes? Read on….
On April 16th, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake shook the central coast of Ecuador—the strongest to strike the nation in decades. In Pedernales, a town of 40,000, widespread destruction was reported, and buildings and bridges collapsed in Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city. Much of Portoviejo, the provincial capital of Manabi, was destroyed. Thousands of Ecuadorians were injured and, according to a central government tally, at least 525 people were killed.
In the week following the quake, many light aftershocks (4.0-4.9-magnitude), a half-dozen moderately strong earthquakes (5.0-5.9-magnitude), and at least two other strong quakes (6.0-magnitude or higher) occurred. Already-weakened structures sustained greater damage; terrified inhabitants were further traumatized; and the search for survivors of the April 16th quake has been impeded.
The immediate prospects are dire, but the problem doesn’t stop there. Rafael Correa, President of Ecuador, reports that these disasters have inflicted $2 billion to $3 billion worth of damage and wreaked havoc on the country’s economy. Rebuilding will be a costly and time-consuming ordeal.
As of this writing, many communities struggle with lack of water, adequate shelter, emergency services, health care, power and transportation. Aid is trickling in, but the world must come together to aid this devastated nation. Your help is desperately needed. Please contribute what you can. No amount is too small when the need is so great.