On April 16, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Ecuador. There has been over 600 deaths, over 20,000 people injured, and over 40 people missing. Towns such as Pedernales and cities such as Manta and Portoviejo have been completely destroyed. Ecuador, currently the only country that recognizes the rights of nature in its constitution, is trying to rebuild itself in a sustainable way.
The Ecuadoran ambassador to Canada, H.E. Nicolás Trujillo-Newlin, is asking members of the Faculty of Education and the University community for help. “The impact of the earthquake is enormous and Ecuador is facing billions of dollars of costs and many years of reconstruction work. We are encouraging the Canadian community to help us in our efforts to raise funds that will go a long way towards assisting those who need our help the most.”
This disaster has left many people homeless, and it has destroyed or left unsafe thousands of structures such as buildings, bridges and roads, including more than 280 schools.
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