We would like to introduce a new blog series by Jim Fitzpatrick, the President and Founder of Moringa Source. This week, Jim speaks about our ongoing response to the Ecuadorian earthquake and its effects on both our staff at the farm and the rest of the country. Moving forward, Jim hopes to regularly update you on our newest charity efforts and how you can help give back to communities in need. We welcome your feedback, and Jim would be more than happy to answer any questions you have or let you know how you can help!
I traveled to Ecuador last week to visit my employees in the immediate aftermath of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the pacific coast of this small nation. The epicenter of the earthquake was in northeastern Ecuador, but its effects were felt throughout the country.
Our organic Moringa plantation is approximately 1 hour from Guayaquil, the largest city in Ecuador. Many buildings in Guayaquil suffered significant damage and several overpasses collapsed.
I was pleased see that not only were all of my employees safe but they were actively assisting in efforts to aid others. For some, this involved raising money for the affected people. For others it meant building coffins out of pallets. While Ecuador is a relatively poor country, the people have been very generous in their donation of time, money and belongings to those who were affected by this event.
Ecuador is a beautiful country with so much to offer. I have always found the people to be hard-working, generous and upbeat. However, this trip showed me the national pride and indomitable spirit of the people of Ecuador. I will be updating you in the coming weeks on some of the projects that we have underway to better the lives of Ecuadorians in the communities surrounding our farms.