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Update and Appeal Following the Earthquake in Ecuador


April 27, 2016

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Earthquake in Ecuador
The scope of devastation and tragedy following the earthquake in Ecuador is heart wrenching. The Family Travel Association is, however, relieved to report that the staff, family and guests of its four Ecuador-based members are OK. More than that, they are all involved in supporting the recovery efforts in their country, both through direct voluntary assistance and by continuing to serve the interests of travelers in other parts of the country.
Update and Appeal Following the Earthquake in Ecuador
Latin Trails
The team from Latin Trails commented "It is in times like this that we as a country support local industries. That is why we encourage you to support our country. We must remember that tourism is one of the few industries that has a higher multiplier effect in the country, providing employment and economic stability to the country."
Pure! Travel Group
Bram Evers of Pure! Travel Group reports that "Pure is making an effort to send several transport vehicles to the affected area with food, water, medicines and any other products people may need. The whole team is very united and we also have several staff with affected family and/or friends now crying for help. It's going to be some rough months/years, but I'm sure that we will get over it!"
Tierra del Volcan
Jorge Pérez of Tierra del Volcan issued a press release saying “We thank you so much for your concern and messages. We have felt the support and empathy of our guest and dearest friends from the travel industry on these difficult times. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families who have lost loved ones, and those who are affected by this unexpected disaster.”
Epik Adventure Guides
Mateo Ponce of Epik Adventure Guides shared that “We are OK, but for the people on the Pacific Coast it’s terrible. I came back yesterday from the coast helping rescue people and donating food and blankets, but the situation is very complex. But it’s amazing how people all over the country are helping.”
Update and Appeal Following the Earthquake in Ecuador
 

How to Help

Now is the time to show solidarity with Ecuador. Make a donation to relief efforts, but also don’t hesitate to plan a family visit to unaffected parts of the country. Everything helps. If you would like to make a donation, please consider:
  • Ecuador Relief Earthquake Fund – a locally-based fund focused on reaching out to small villages that have not yet received aid from international organizations and are not on the radar of big aid agencies. 100% of your contribution will be used to provide much-needed food, medicine and water, and to rebuild these villages directly with the families in need.
  • UNICEF
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