On Saturday April 16, 2016 a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the South American nation of Ecuador, one of the most beautiful countries on earth. Killing more than 600 people and injuring tens of thousands more, the earthquake has severely impacted Ecuador's infrastructure. In addition, many people have been made homeless and many hospitals, schools, homes and monuments have been destroyed or damaged.
For many International TEFL Academy students & alumni, in addition to those of us on the staff of ITA, this tragedy strikes a personal chord. Many of us have spent time traveling, living & teaching in Ecuador, which is known for its stunning beauty (including the legendary Galapagos Islands), historic cities, and the warmth of its people. One of our most senior advisors, Lindsay Krasinski recently returned to the U.S. from living in Ecuador and her daughter was born there.
ITA alumni Madeline Fitzgerald, Amber Cypcar and Kelsey Johnson are currently teaching in Ecuador. We are pleased to report that they are safe and have been engaged in volunteer efforts to help the victims. We applaud their efforts.
On Friday, April 22, 2016, ITA's Charity Department and individual staff members donated $1,550 in relief funds for the Ecuador earthquake victims.
We distributed these funds directly to UNICEF one of the leading organizations assisting victims of this tragedy.
If you are at all able, International TEFL Academy urges you to join us in donating to relief efforts to assist the people of Ecuador as they rebuild and recover from this horrific event.
To learn more about the earthquake in Ecuador and aid efforts, please check:
- Ecuador Earthquake: Aid Agencies Step Up Efforts - BBC News
- Oxfam America Ecuador Earthquake Relief - DONATE
- International Red Cross - Earthquake Relief Efforts