It has now been almost 9 months since a devastating earthquake hit Ecuador in April, killing hundreds and destroying schools, buildings and homes. All Hands Volunteers immediately responded to the disaster and in that 9 months we have been able to impact 2,300 people through our efforts. 394 volunteers came together from 44 different countries to lend their time and skills to assist in the response and recovery efforts.
For the immediate response in the weeks following the earthquake our volunteers demolished or rubbled 62 different homes and 1 school, allowing the rebuilding process to begin much faster. 31 temporary shelters were constructed in order to provide a safe space for families that had been living in heavily damaged structures.
30 families were chosen as beneficiaries of our “Manos a la Costa” Core Home project. These 30 homes were built from the ground up using sustainable materials like bamboo, and constructed using methods that will reinforce the home and prevent damage in the future. These permanent homes were designed with the families to create a safe, comfortable space that could accommodate their individual needs.
At the end of the response effort of our program we can proudly say we have assisted 575 families. Over 50,000 volunteer hours combined to make the strongest impact in areas that were largely forgotten about in the wake of the earthquake. In one community, an 800 liter water tank was set up that provided water to a community made up of 50 families, a basic necessity that they did not have access to before. All Hands looks to secure more funding to continue our work and will be exploring all options in order to make an even greater impact on the incredible communities in Ecuador.
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