Luis Paladines

Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador

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All funds raised on this page will directly support rebuilding Luis' family's home in Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador.

Read Luis' story below and see how you can help make a difference.







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Bahia de Caraquez Earthquake Relief

Luis's Message

Luis is 16 years old and currently in his last years of high school. Luis has been an active eco-club member since 2,5 years, earning a scholarship to travel to California in January 2016. He has been a great leader and motivator to new students, collaborating with the chores of the green house; and reforestation. He has himself giving educational workshop to his peers and is very concerned about the pollution of the beach. Luis has organized his own group called “Ocean Protectors”, where he organizes kids his age to do clean up sessions at the beach, creating consciousness in all the negative impacts on trash on sea life and humans as well. Because of this initiative he is now participating in a national contest for Sea trash Awareness. He loves surfing and spending time with friends.
Luis Paladines has a family of four, his dad Davit Paladines, his mom Magaly Ortiz and 13 year old sister María Paladines.
Luis’s home was affected by the earthquake of April 2016. His house was so damaged that it had to be put down, and with remaining materials they have built an improvised shelter where they keep their furniture and belongings. The family currently sleeps in tents provided by GSE. The family doesn’t have the funds to rebuild their home. Davit (Luis’s dad) had lost his business where he sold cheese and meat products. Now just the mom is working as a kindergarten teacher. With your help the family can rebuild little by little and have a home before the rainy season starts in December and the Nino phenomenon comes to menace again.

Fundraising Campaign Description

On April 16th a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Bahia de Caraquez and other coastal cities of Ecuador. GSE's local 7 person staff team have worked hard since then providing emergency relief and shelter to the most vulnerable members of Bahia and surrounding communities. The year round work of this team is environmental education and to reforest native trees. To date we have planted more than 60,000 trees. After the tragedy of the earthquake and the catastrophic damage, we have shifted to focus on bamboo building, counseling and play therapy for children in refugee camps. We also continue to maintain 36,000 trees planted in the past 2 years.

Bamboo construction is an excellent solution because guadua bamboo is native to the most destroyed region, it is an ecologically sustainable material, and with the proper training and treatment it can be a long lasting, beautiful and extremely cheap building material. Our demonstration shelter and house building project involves training local builders, collaboration for sustainable harvest with people in the country side and skills training for teenagers.

Please help fund our relief work and thank you for your support!

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