The Association of Amercian Chambers of Commerce in Latin Amercia and the Caribbean informs…

This past weekend a devastating earthquake, the strongest to strike Ecuador in decades, has left the Andean nation traumatized. AACCLA’s Chairman, Tom Kenna, and the entire AACCLA Secretariat express our deepest condolences for the tragic loss of life resulting from the earthquake.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected. And we applaud the courage, skill, and talent of the first responders and Ecuadorian medical professionals. We were pleased to learn from Felipe Espinosa, the Executive Director of AmCham Ecuador in Quito, that he and the AmCham staff are all safe.

As you can imagine, there is an urgent need for cash donations to obtain humanitarian supplies-e.g. bottled water, food, tents, blankets, first aid kits, medicines, etc.-and then to build temporary shelters.

Our partner organization, the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) has decades of experience responding to natural disasters and is working with local non-governmental groups on the ground in those Coastal areas that are the most seriously impacted along the Ecuadorian coast. PADF have an extensive network of local groups, include two staff on the ground in Ecuador, with whom they work with who are mobilizing volunteers, but need to obtain humanitarian relief supplies and then support rebuilding.

Please join AACCLA in support our AmChams in Ecuador as well as the Ecuadorian people by donating to the efforts underway by the PADF:

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Thank you very much.

The AACCLA Secretariat

Residents walk past a row of collapsed buildings felled by the 7.8-magnitude earthquake, in Portoviejo, Ecuador, Monday, April 18, 2016. The Saturday night quake left a trail of ruin along Ecuadorís normally placid Pacific Ocean coast. At least 350 people died and thousands are homeless. President Rafael Correa said early Monday that the death toll would ìsurely rise, and in a considerable way.î (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

(AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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