Emergency Response to the Ecuador Earthquake

by IsraAID
Emergency Response to the Ecuador Earthquake
Emergency Response to the Ecuador Earthquake
Emergency Response to the Ecuador Earthquake
Emergency Response to the Ecuador Earthquake
Emergency Response to the Ecuador Earthquake
Emergency Response to the Ecuador Earthquake
Emergency Response to the Ecuador Earthquake
Emergency Response to the Ecuador Earthquake
Emergency Response to the Ecuador Earthquake
Emergency Response to the Ecuador Earthquake
Emergency Response to the Ecuador Earthquake
Emergency Response to the Ecuador Earthquake
Emergency Response to the Ecuador Earthquake
Emergency Response to the Ecuador Earthquake
The Working Queens of Menos Pensado
The Working Queens of Menos Pensado

As the working queens (both women and bees) of Menos Pensado are  harvesting their honey and enjoying the fruit of their hard work - we reach out to you for further help:

Help us extend HoneyAID to reach more communities in Ecuador!

This 5-month program will engage in activities that will strengthen the economic, social, and political empowerment of women in affected rural areas, by giving the women the tools to rebuild their livelihoods through the establishment of a beekeeping enterprise, aiming to reach the following outcomes:

v  Strengthen the economic empowerment of women; increase economic self-reliance and household income) through skill training and establishment of women’s beekeeping association and beekeeping and honey production enterprise

v  Strengthen the social empowerment of women through the creation of a network of relevant organizations, and the provision of training according to needs of the women (business course,

v  Strengthen the political empowerment of women through creation of nuclear group of female leaders in order to foster leadership development and increase women's participation in and contribution to local decision-making and to demand quality public services

IsraAID has already initiated its first Women’s Beekeeping Association in the community of Menos Pensado, Chone County. In April the first women's beekeeping association in Ecuador called 'Reinas Obreras' was launched, consisting of 16 women and based in the community. After a one month intensive training of IsraAID’s professionals, building the apiary, and handing over 32 beehives, a honey extractor, hive tools, and protective clothing – the working queens were ready to start beekeeping. IsraAID has been working side by side to the women in the apiary, and in August the women proudly harvested their first honey (see the previous report). IsraAID aims to extend its current program with 5-month; this will both raise its success rates through prolonged supervision of the initial group as well expand the program through the creation a second group of 15 women. IsraAID will support the women in forming an association and will provide the group with an intensive training on beekeeping, together with 30 beehives, beehive tools, and protective clothing. 

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From May 2017 - Building the beehives
From May 2017 - Building the beehives
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The first honey collection!
The first honey collection!

The IsraAID HoneyAID program, "Working Queens", has empowered, unified, and enhanced the lives of 16 women in the small community of 'Menos Pensado' in Chone, Ecuador.

This week 'Las Reinas' (the Queens) have collected the first honey after just four months of beekeeping! Check out the link below to hear the women talk about their experience and see how beautifully they work with the bees. 

One of the participating women shared:

"I didn't like it at first, being down there with the bees, but it's very beautiful working with them. You must work very carefully. Taking care of them, giving them love - like with children. The hives are our children! You have to give them time, love and patience.”

Another woman adds: 

"We want to give thanks to those who came to teach us, to the organization, IsraAID, because, truthfully, we did not have work. But now we all have work for our independent selves and that of our colleagues. We also got to know more people that we didn't know before." 

Since its initial Emergency Response Mission in April 2016, IsraAID has supported the affected communities by providing thousands of people with clean water, MHPSS support, and building capacity to make communities more resilient in case of future disasters. So far IsraAID provided over 1800 people with psychosocial support, almost 800 people with medical assistance, 10 families with a home, 400 children with back-to-school kits, 250 families with hygiene kits, and 150 women with protection kits.

Due to its continuous pressing needs IsraAID will continued its rehabilitation efforts in 2017, focusing on women’s protection, livelihood, MHPSS, and WASH in rural and marginalized urban areas of the Manabí province. The IsraAID team will launch its Women’s Empowerment and Apiculture program, empowering women of the rural areas of the Chone County in rebuilding their livelihood through beekeeping, strengthening and creating a more resilient and protective environment for their families with a protective environment and enabling them to bring qualitative changes to their status and lives. IsraAID also continues with its Safe Water Program in urban marginalized areas of Bahia de Caraquez, which so far have not received any aid and are unable to access clean water. 

Help IsraAID continue its work in Ecuador - donate now!

Thank you!

Training in leadership and finances
Training in leadership and finances

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The proud graduates of "Working Queens"
The proud graduates of "Working Queens"

IsraAID Ecuador has wonderful news - 'Working Queens', the women's association formed through IsraAID’s HoneyAID Women's Empowerment program, have graduated from the intensive beekeeping course!

An Israeli team of apiculture (beekeeping) experts came to Ecuador to train the women on the theoretical and practical aspects of apiculture, the management of an agricultural cooperative, and at the end of the course have handed over 32 beehives to the women’s association of Menos Pensado, Manabí.

Over the course of only 3 months and with the support of the HoneyAID program of IsraAID, the 'Working Queens' have achieved a lot;

  1. The women have established the first women’s beekeeping association in the Ecuador, 
  2. They became professional beekeepers, and are the proud owner's of 32 beehives.

The women are true pioneers and through their courage and motivation, they hope to inspire other women.

Elena, one of the ‘Working Queens’, participating in the program said: "The (HoneyAID) program gives me a lot of confidence, I am very happy that I get a chance to study and learn something so interesting. We came to class feeling so excited to learn something new everyday and have therefore also grown as a group. We realize more and more that by working together, we can achieve a lot more, so this makes us feel strong and confident."

Tim Cummings, IsraAID's beekeeping expert and facilitator of the course, said: "It's incredible to see the progress the women are making - it's fantastic to see how they their minds became more and more like beekeepers every day.

Through its HoneyAID program, IsraAID aims to strengthen the economic, social, and political empowerment of women in affected rural communities in Manabí. The program strives to increase the general well being of the women and their families and strengthen the resilience of the communities by giving the women the tools to rebuild their livelihoods and provide their families with a protective environment, enabling them to bring qualitative changes to their status and lives.

IsraAID’s teams also implemented PlayAID and build a playground on the school premises for the children of Menos Pensado. PlayAID focuses on increasing their positive self-image, improving their physical health, acquiring social skills, and improving their equilibrium skills.

With your contribution, we will be able to expand the program in other communities throughout Manabí!

Thank you for all your continued support! 

Building of the apiary for the beehives
Building of the apiary for the beehives
Practicing in classroom
Practicing in classroom
The new playground from PlayAID!
The new playground from PlayAID!
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The beekeepers with IsraAID's staff
The beekeepers with IsraAID's staff

IsraAID is happy to announce that it launches HoneyAID in Ecuador : a Women’s Empowerment and Apiculture program, aiming to strengthen the economic, social, and political empowerment of women in affected rural communities in Manabí. The program strives to increase the general wellbeing of the women and their families and strengthen the resilience of the communities by giving the women the tools to rebuild their livelihoods and provide their families with a protective environment, enabling them to bring qualitative changes to their status and lives.

Every donation to this projects is matched by 100%!

IsraAID will support by forming a cooperative that is owned by the women themselves, and that aims to become a beekeeping and honey production enterprise. The enterprise will brand and market its products as organic and fair trade, creating an additional source of income for the women and their families. Furthermore, the cooperative will strengthen the institutional and community capacity on crucial issues such as violence prevention and response.

Menos Pensado

The community of Menos Pensado is located in the rural mountainous area of the Chone county. It has both dry and humid forests in the immediate or adjacent regions. The community consists of 40 families (152 inhabitants) and has high poverty rates - productive activities in the community are limited to raising chickens and pigs as means of subsistence. In the rainy season (January to March) corn is planted, an activity that in the last two years has caused a lot of economic loss due to the minimal rainfall in the area.

Despite the poverty, the community is well organized and takes a lot of initiatives in building a support system for all its members. They have built a football field that is actively used, as well as a community hall that serves multiples purposes. A group of 15 women also set up a restaurant where they sell food from products harvested on their own land.

The 8-month HoneyAID program will:

  • Strengthen the economic empowerment of women; increase economic self-reliance and household income) through skill training and establishment of women’s beekeeping association and beekeeping and honey production enterprise
  • Strengthen the social empowerment of women through the creation of a network of relevant organizations, and the provision of training according to needs of the women
  • Strengthen the political empowerment of women through creation of nuclear group of female leaders in order to foster leadership development and increase women's participation in and contribution to local decision-making and to demand quality public services

HoneyAID’s women need your help! Every donation is of great importance at this initial stage of the program.

US$ 750 - 1 honey extractor

US$ 160 - 1 beehive

US$ 35 - 1 protective suit

And remember – every donation to Ecuador is matched by 100%!!

Thank you!

Needs assessment in Menos Pensado
Needs assessment in Menos Pensado
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Demonstration of NUF
Demonstration of NUF

Hi, 

We have wonderful news!

On Giving Tuesday, November 29th, your donation on GlobalGiving will still be matched with 100%!

Do not miss this opportunity to double your donation! 

In addition to this huge matching opportunity, all new recurring donations made from #GivingTuesday through December 31st will be matched at 200% up to $100, on the fourth donation!

Your contribution will help make a big difference for earthquake-affected communities in Ecuador! 

Update from the field: Inaugurating NUF system’s in San Miguel de Briceño and Rosa Blanca

Last Friday IsraAID was joined by Rosanna Cevallos, the mayor of San Vincente County, as we officially inaugurated two water filtration systems in the heavily affected rural communities of San Miguel de Briceño and Rosa Blanca. Seven months after the earthquake there is still a shortage of immediate and sustainable water solutions for the affected province of Manabi. Especially in the rural areas, there is a dire need for clean drinking water – families are forced to purchase drinking water by the bottle, costing them up to $30 a month - an exorbitant and often unaffordable expense. IsraAID will continue to offer sustainable water solutions for those communities in need thanks to new Israeli technology. 

It has been over 7 months since the devastating earthquake, yet Ecuador continues to be in a state of emergency. IsraAID’s goal is to continue supporting Ecuador in its rehabilitation efforts and create a long-term recovery strategy. We are thankful for all the generous support and commitment of our staff, donors, and partners who make our work in Ecuador possible. Donate now and every dollar you give will be matched - if you give $100 USD - $100 USD will be added as matching. 

Thank you!

Implementation ceremony November 25th
Implementation ceremony November 25th
Implementation ceremony November 25th
Implementation ceremony November 25th
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IsraAID

Location: Tel Aviv, Merkaz - Israel
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Project Leader:
Navonel (Voni) Glick
Deputy Director / COO
Tel Aviv, Merkaz Israel

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