Houston, May 19, 2016: Houston Guayaquil Sister City Association (HGSCA) is scaling up its emergency response to address the urgent needs of the populations affected by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that shook coastal Ecuador on April 16 leaving more than 700 people dead and an additional 2,500 injured. UNICEF has estimated that more than 150,000 children have been affected by the earthquake.
HGSCA is using the well-known slogan “one for all and all for one” in its relief campaign. These interventions included donations of 3,500 pounds of food provided by GOYA Foods, $5,000 in cash funded by HIS, as well as a partnership with DP DHL services to transport the benefaction.
In Its latest quest to help raise funds for the victims, HGSCA is selling raffle tickets for $20 each for the chance to win a furniture set donated to HGSCA by SuperNova Furniture, valued at $3000.
Also, to facilitate the delivery of the aid to the victims and assure the transparency of the process, HGSCA is also working in partnership with the City of Guayaquil and is maintaining direct communication with the emergency responder liaison appointed by Mayor of Guayaquil, the Honorable Jaime Nebot.
“We feel a great sense of responsibility to our people. However big or small these tokens of humanity, we understand this is just the beginning.” said Luis W Moyano, President of HGSCA.
Donations can be made online by visiting http://www.hgsca.org/#!events/dwfhz.
HGSCA is a non-profit organization (501c3) created in 1987 to foster cultural and educational exchange, medical assistance, tourism, art, commercial trade opportunities and good will between Guayaquil, Ecuador and Houston, Texas, being part of the 18 sister cities under the supervision of the Mayor’s Office of Trade and International Affairs.