On April 16th, 2016, Ecuador’s coast was hit by an earthquake of magnitude 7.8 on the Richter scale: one of the country’s strongest earthquake since 1987. The inhabitants of Esmeraldas used to made a living fishing and collecting shells. They were among the poorest people in the Country and-after the earthquake-things got even worse for them.
Emergency aids offered some relief, but today the project “Sunrise Ecuador” supports the local communities of Sálima and Macará. The goal is not only to offer material and economic assistance, but to offer psychological support, rebuild the structure of the society, and trust among the people.
The project aims to rebuild the economic wellbeing of local families through employment, donate peace to the victims, and construct a new atmosphere of solidarity and trust, thanks to:
Empowerment and organisation of the local communities
Support of new business activities: 2 hen-houses, 1 bakery, 2 hair-cut shops
Creation of 5 communal infrastructure projects: 1 football field, 1 park for children, 2 communal halls, 1 shared bakery, 1 water well
Training courses for families
Entertainment and training courses for children, kids, and youth