University collects donations for Ecuador quake relief

Published: May 5, 2016

submitted photo: andrea saenz ECUADORIAN LOCALS observe the damage left behind by a massive earthquake on April 16.

SUBMITTED PHOTO: ANDREA SAENZ / ECUADORIAN LOCALS observe the damage left behind by a massive earthquake on April 16.

Staff Writer

The University’s Office of Campus Ministries is running a fundraiser for Ecuador relief efforts, following an earthquake in that country.

According to, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the village of Muisne and caused upwards of 600 fatalities and catastrophic damage across Ecuador’s coastline.

Director of The University’s Center for Service & Social Justice, Patricia Vaccaro, said the Campus Ministries’ fundraising efforts are being spearheaded by University students Andrea Saenz, Maritza Mero, and Catherine Bruno. She said the three students have ties to the country, through family or upcoming service trips to the region.

“We have a student who is from Ecuador… she came in and asked if there was a way that we could do some kind of fundraiser, and I said absolutely,” Vaccaro said.

Vaccaro said fundraising efforts have already begun at The University, though they are not yet completed and will likely continue in upcoming weeks.

“They did table sits all last week… I know that for the next three weeks, for the chapel collections, it’s all going there as well,” Vaccaro said.

Vaccaro said the two organizations to which The University will send collected donations have already been decided.

“The money that is raised is going to go to… a Jesuit college there (the Catholic Pontifical University of Ecuador.) So they will help distribute some of it, and then there’s also our international service program, which goes to Quito, [whose] site host there gave us the information on the Andean Health Center that an American physician kind of runs. But we know that the money will be used right there,” Vaccaro said.

Collected donations will be held by The University and put to use after the drive, Vaccaro said.

“We set up a separate agency account, so that any donations the students bring every day are all in one central location, and then all of the money will be disseminated at the end of May,” Vaccaro said.

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