World Courier Takes Immediate Action After Ecuador Earthquake
On Saturday, April 16, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook the shores of Ecuador, killing 500 people and injuring more than 4,600. The search continues for the 100 people still missing, and 23,000 were left homeless as numerous aftershocks continue to torment the country.
World Courier Ecuador drivers Miguel Rodriguez and Luis Rambay sprang into action, transporting needed medical supplies and humanitarian aid to hospitals in Manta, one of the hardest-hit areas. A convoy of medical brigades and volunteers guarded by police moved medicines, water and nonperishable food collected from the state university medical school with a delivery sent to Cecilia Jaramillo, a World Courier associate living in the disaster area. Fortunately, none of our associates were harmed in the earthquake.
To further help the victims of Saturday’s quake, World Courier associates in neighboring countries are organizing clothing and food drives to deliver to the Ecuadoran embassies in their countries. To meet the needs of children affected by the quake, World Courier is making a contribution to UNICEF, and the AmerisourceBergen Foundation is also exploring opportunities to support the victims of this devastating earthquake.