Nicola and family live close to the epicentre of the Ecuador earthquakes. While unhurt, they need help to recover from this disaster.
Nicola, originally from Christchurch, has lived in Ecuador for the last 25 years with her husband Dario and now four year old twins Florence and Raphael. They live on a farm close to the epicentre of the recent Ecuador earthquakes. While uninjured, they are now surrounded by devastation, their farm is damaged, local towns destroyed and surrounding infrastructure damaged. Right now it’s not clear whether they will have easy access to food and necessities. The loss of infrastructure is going to make it very difficult to even travel to where there may be supplies.
We are really concerned for them, both in terms of their short term safety but also as to what they will do in the years to come. Nicola and Dario’s organic farm and education centre survives from tourism. With their buildings damaged, and the inevitable loss of tourism to the whole area, their future is very uncertain.
We are trying to raise money for whatever comes next, whether that is to ensure they have what they need in the coming months, money to rebuild the farm or funds to help them return home to New Zealand if they need to and start afresh.
We, as Nicola's family and friends, are very concerned for her and the family's well being and want to do anything we can to help.
23/4/16 23 April 2016
Nicola and Dario and the twins are shaken, but alive and trying to get on with the clean up on the farm, where they have plenty of veggies and family have brought in dried staples. They do not have access to internet and their office in Canoa was completely destroyed, that means computers, records and Eco-papel workshop. They are working on removing all the unstable buildings and trying to save or recycle all they can, fortunately much of their construction was with natural materials.They need strong hands from volunteers and they need money to finance the work.