Earthquake relief for Nicola and family in Ecuador

$21,277 donated
Given by 70 generous donors in around 4 months

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.

Christine Maskell's involvement (page creator)

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.

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Latest update

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.

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Latest donations

Christy Hunter
Christy Hunter on 31 Aug 2016
It’s been more than 10 years since I volunteered at Rio Muchacho, but it left a lasting impression on me. Please keep up the amazing work you do!
Chris Hawkey
Chris Hawkey on 14 Jun 2016
We often think of your plight and the daily struggles you face. We are pleased to help in any way possible. Love to you all from Chris Hawkey and family in Christchurch
Rudi on 10 Jun 2016
Back in 2010 as a project leader for International Student Volunteers, I had the privilege to work with North American students at the organic farm Rio Muchacho, run by Dario and Nicola. This was even recorded for New Zealand TV. We had an amazing time there and did some great works both at the farm and at a nearby community Hacha. I was able to notify the ISV-group, of which the majority stayed in touch. We are all heart broken by this news about the earthquake, personal and material losses, and hoping for quick recovery so that the farm can continue in the future with amazing projects. This is from me, my Ecuadorian wife Maria de los Angeles and our 2 kids Naomi and Enrico, currently all living in The Netherlands. We hope to be able to visit the farm some day.
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Guest Donor on 07 Jun 2016
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Guest Donor on 02 Jun 2016
Much love & best of luck with rebuilding your home and business.

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Created by, and paying to a verified bank account of, Christine Maskell on behalf of Nicola Mears, Dario Proano, Raphael & Florence
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This page was created on 21 Apr 2016 and closed on 31 Aug 2016.