Donor Message

We love getting messages like this one:

“Even though my personal financial situation is tight, I felt compelled to donate.  I could not even imagine what it must be like to lack water, which most Americans take so much for granted.  It made me think…….what if I turned on my faucet and nothing came out…….it would be devastating!  As you know, there are several donation funds setup for the Ecuadorian People, but PEDAL’s cause seemed so simplistically essential, which is the reason I chose to donate to PEDAL.  I want to thank you and PEDAL for the work you are doing for the people of Ecuador who do not have the luxury of being able to take anything for granted.  Please feel free to put me on your mailing list.  I will do what I can to help, including spreading the word about PEDAL!

Most Sincerely,
Chris B.
Aurora, IL, USA”
Thank YOU Chris, for your generosity and support of our project!  We are so grateful for every contribution.  Keep spreading the world about PEDAL for Change’s water filter project so we can help even more families here in Ecuador!

PEDAL for Earthquake Relief

On April 16 th , a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Ecuador’s northern coast, near the city of Muisne.

Tremors were felt throughout the entire country as well, and into Colombia and Peru. However, Ecuador’s rural coastal areas have been the hardest-hit by the disaster, and have proved difficult to access for relief efforts.

There have been over 700 casualties reported since the day of the earthquake, rendering this the worst natural disaster the country has seen in more than 40 years. Aftershocks remained a concern in the days following the incident as well. In addition to the tragic number of deaths, at least 16,000 people have sustained injuries related to the earthquake.

Nearly 30,000 people have been displaced from their homes as a result. Access to basic necessities has been severely impaired; many are left without clean water sources or even government aid, as many of the more remote impacted areas are too dangerous for relief vehicles to navigate.

To combat this crisis, PEDAL for Change is raising money to purchase water filters to be personally delivered to areas affected by but left stranded due to the recent earthquake. Each filter costs $150;

Residents sleep under a makeshift tent outside the emergency center in the town of Portoviejo, Ecuador, Sunday, April 17, 2016. Parts of Ecuador have been devastated by the country's strongest earthquake in decades, as the death toll continues to rise and people left homeless prepare to sleep outside for second straight night. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
Residents sleep under a makeshift tent outside the emergency center in the town of Portoviejo, Ecuador, Sunday, April 17, 2016. Parts of Ecuador have been devastated by the country’s strongest earthquake in decades, as the death toll continues to rise and people left homeless prepare to sleep outside for second straight night. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

PEDAL is hoping to purchase and deliver 500 of them as soon as possible.

If you would like to donate as an individual or as a group (class, organization, workplace, etc), please visit out youcaring campaign page at https://www.youcaring.com/survivors-of-the-ecuador-earthquake-557792

Any type of donation, large or small, is urgent and welcome.  Thank you for your support–please check back for more updates as this project develops.