SOS Ecuador crowdfunder established to help victims of the Ecuadorian earthquake that took place 19th April
Ecuadorian students across the UK are attempting to raise £50,000 before 16th May to help victims of the recent disaster in their home country after Ecuador was hit by a devastating earthquake.
The Crowdfunder explains:
"On Saturday April 16th a powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.8 on the Richter scale shook Ecuador’s northwestern coast, with up to 535 aftershocks to date. For the country, this is the worst catastrophe it endures in the last four decades.
More than 655 people have been killed, over 5,000 have been injured and about 29,000 people made homeless. About 1500 buildings, including homes, hospitals and schools have either been destroyed or severely damaged. These figures are expected increase considerably as rescue teams make their way through the collapsed structures, with the expected death toll already in the thousands.
The images and testimonies of people affected by this disaster are heart wrenching as families have lost their homes and many loved ones.
Hundreds of Ecuadorian students in the United Kingdom, with the support of the Ecuadorian Embassy, have come together to raise funds for their country as it faces this arduous humanitarian challenge. We are asking you to join in and help contribute with our cause #SOSEcuador.
All donations will be directed to increase the capacity of emergency teams deployed in affected areas. These funds will assist to provide vital aid to people in need, and hopefully, return some peace into their lives. These people need your help, and they need it promptly. Please help us relief their tragedy. Every single contribution counts and will make a difference in the lives of the affected families."
Manchester University students have been working to help fundraise for SOS Ecuador and held a cultural event at the weekend.
Students Camila and Cristina also made an appeal on Migrant Echoes. You can hear their segment here.
For more information visit: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/sos-ecuador