On April 16, 2016 a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Ecuador. This devastating natural disaster has left communities destroyed and many thousands of people struggling to survive and piece together their lives.
Caravela Coffee has export operations in Ecuador and while thankfully none of our employees or partner producers were injured in the earthquake, this event has left nothing untouched in its destruction. The area where coffee is grown was spared the direct impact, but the coastal areas, where the most vulnerable people live, has been destroyed.
The people of coastal Ecuador, particularly the provinces of Manabí and Esmeraldas, are currently in need of emergency relief. There are still zones where, as of this date, rescuers and aid has not arrived.
Photos by Eduardo Naranjo for Catholic Relief Services
Caravela Coffee is partnering with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to raise funds to support these people. Caravela Coffee will donate 20 cents out of every pound of Ecuador coffee sold out of currently held spot positions at Continental Terminals in New Jersey and The Annex in Oakland, California. These proceeds will go directly to Catholic Relief Services, earmarked for Ecuador Earthquake Relief.
Michael Sheridan , with whom we have partnered in the Borderlands project in Colombia, and CRS Ecuador team will provide periodic updates of how these funds are being used to administer the emergency relief.
Additional contributions are welcome to be made directly to CRS and will be channeled to the same fund that we will be monitoring.
Friends, this is an opportunity to contribute funds to help people in a moment of need. We hope that you will consider participating in this small initiative that may have a big impact for the people of Ecuador at a time of crisis.