WASHINGTON -- The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF), the humanitarian arm of the Organization of American States (OAS), joins forces with Venezuelan singer Ricardo Montaner to provide humanitarian aid to Ecuador after a powerful 7.8 earthquake struck the country on April 16. The earthquake, which hit the central coast, has killed more than 650 people and affected some 720,000 others, leaving over 4,600 injured, 29,000 people in shelters, and destroying or damaging more than 3,600 buildings.
PADF’s Disaster Management team is working closely with local partners to support the victims.
“This was the strongest earthquake to strike Ecuador in decades. Our priority is to help the most vulnerable people to minimize the human, economic and social impact that such disasters can have,” said Caterina Valero, PADF Senior Programs Director. “Our Foundation is working with local organizations and community groups to ensure that donations can efficiently reach where they are needed most,” Valero added.
Through an emotional message, Ricardo Montaner urges the public to make a contribution. “Let’s unite for Ecuador! Your donation can be a light of hope for the needy. Send your donation now, please,” asks Montaner. The Venezuelan singer is appealing to the public and corporations through his social media platforms to donate in support of Ecuador. Montaner’s message will be broadcast throughout North and Latin America on Discovery Español, TLC, Animal Planet, CNN in Spanish and more.
Through this effort, which has received the support of Ricardo Montaner, American reggaeton singer and composer Nicky Jam, Nicaraguan singer Luis Enrique, and other public figures, PADF has issued an international appeal to raise $1 million dollars to meet the immediate needs of the victims in Ecuador. PADF has already sent urgent supplies to the affected communities of Tosagua and Portoviejo in the Province of Manabí, providing clean drinking water, hygiene kits, and other emergency supplies.
To join this humanitarian campaign or for additional information, please visit: www.padf.org/HelpEcuador.
Hearly Mayr, Office of Communications, PADF
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María-Esmeralda Paguaga, Office of Innovation and Strategy, PADF