At any moment a crisis can occur in Latin America. We at VIDA are prepared at all times to respond quickly an efficiently. All year long as we ship containers on a bi-weekly basis we strengthen our ties with the local entities who make it possible.
So it is with Ecuador. A 7.8 earthquake caused significant damage along the central coast. More than 550 people were killed and thousands have been displaced, as numerous homes, buildings, and roads were damaged or destroyed. Survivors need access to emergency supplies like food, water, and medicine in addition to longer-term recovery assistance.
Since 1995, VIDA has supported the work of Junta de Beneficencia de
Guayaquil in Ecuador shipping over 50 containers carrying over $30 million in aid. Junta de Beneficencia de Guayaquil (JBG) is a private non-profit charity institution founded in 1888, which has provided social care to millions of low-income Ecuadorians in areas such as health care, education, care for the elder and funeral services. They have thus become Ecuador’s largest NGO, and the only one of its kind in Latin America.
Junta is committed to improving the quality of life of those who are not covered by public or private health care, or those who do not have access to education due to the extreme poverty. The Junta offers individuals a wide range of health services from experienced medical professionals, with high-tech equipment and the appropriate infrastructure to meet their needs with quality and compassion.
This project will fund the shipments of emergency supplies and equipment to the central hospital in Guayaquil which was devastated by the most recent earthquake. Supplies and equipment will also be shared with the Junta’s clinics in the smaller towns whose infrastructure was destroyed. VIDA is anticipating sending 5 containers in 2016 with a cost of $10,000 per containers.
We have an online fundraising project on GlobalGiving. All donations to this fund will exclusively support our shipments to locally driven relief and recovery efforts from this disaster.
If you prefer to donate via in person or by mail – please feel free to contact us.