As a native Ecuadorian and former diplomatic representative of Ecuador, I am taking the liberty to write this letter to you.
Last Saturday, the usual concerns of economic crisis and political malfunction were replaced by the sudden strike of death and despair, as an earthquake of severe magnitude hit the homeland.
The count of the fallen is in the hundreds already, and rapidly rising. If the physical and infrastructural damage is impressive, the tears of the ones mourning their loved ones or desperately looking for a child, parent or spouse, break our hearts. Every corner of the country was affected, but Manabi, the third largest province, was left in ruins. The pain is unbearable and the needs are silencing the hope of the people, unable to stand on their feet on their own.
We cannot witness this tragedy and continue with our lives as usual.
So today I am asking you to stand with the people of Ecuador. The same people that are known around the world as the polite and hardworking immigrants, always respectful, and ready to help and be of service. And in the homeland, they are known as the welcoming hosts of thousands of Americans, who have chosen Ecuador as their retiring home.
I am not giving out bank account numbers or a list or articles to donate, as usually would be the case.
That information is clearly being provided by the Ecuadorian Consular Offices and Embassies around the world. If you decide to stand with the people of Ecuador, I would ask you to contact the Consulate of Ecuador closest to where you live, and contribute in cash or kind.
You could also volunteer for the collecting and packing drives that myself and my family, with the help of friends, will be conducting in Miami in the coming days.
By doing so, you would give hope to people that are suffering, and you would help rebuild basic infrastructure in one of the most beautiful places on earth, that belongs to all.
May God provide lasting peace and resilience to the people in Ecuador.
I remain most appreciative and grateful of your response.