On April 16, 2016 a magnitude of 7.8 struck the northwest region of Ecador. The regions of Manta, Pedernales and Portoviejo accounted for over 75 percent of total casualties. Manta’s central commercial shopping district Tarqui was completely destroyed. Widespread damage was caused across Manabi province, with structures hundreds of kilometres from the epicenter collapsing. At least 673 people were killed and 27,732 people injured, more than 10,000 buildings destroyed. It was the worst natural disaster to hit Ecuador since the 1949 Ambato earthquake. More than 100 brothers lost homes or jobs.
In the immediate aftermath of the earthquake Cuenca Wayfarers Lodge #69 raised and distributed $2,500 to distressed worthy brothers. The need is ongoing. Three temples have been destroyed, businesses owned by brothers or which employ brothers have likewise been destroyed. With the permission of the Grand Master, we have established a PayPal account to receive cash donations. The email address for that account is firstname.lastname@example.org Please pass this information along and post it on your social media accounts.
Here is a photograph of the remains of Renacer Alfarista Lodge #58 in Manta, Ecuador. The red drape in the background is the only item recovered from the lodge.