Miami to host star-studded benefit concert to aid victims of Ecuador EarthquakeMay 3, 2016
Miami/New York, May 3, 2016 – Some of the biggest stars in Latin music will perform in a benefit concert, “Ecuador Aquí Estoy,” (Ecuador, I am here for you) (www.ecuadoraquiestoy.miami/) on Wednesday, May 11 at 8pm at the BankUnited Center at the University of Miami in an unprecedented response to the devastating earthquake that struck Ecuador on April 16. The Ecuadorian-American Chamber of Commerce of Miami is organizing the concert.
Proceeds generated through ticket sales will be donated to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), which will manage proceeds to place affected community at the heart of recovery efforts in Ecuador. The artists will play for free and cover their travel expenses that evening to raise the most funds possible.
To date, confirmed artists include Franco de Vita, Chayanne, Carlos Vives, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Maluma, Willy Chirino, Juan Fernando Velasco, Amaury Gutiérrez, Jorge Villamizar, Riccardo Perotti, Donato Poveda, Mariana Vega, Tommy Torres, Alexis Valdes, Periko & Jessi Leon, Mirella Cesa and Sie7e. More artists are expected to join this stellar line-up and will be announced as they are confirmed.
UNDP launched the campaign "Ecuador Aquí Estoy", featuring Latin American music artists and sports celebrities showing their solidarity with Ecuador through a series of selfie videos (www.ecuadoraquiestoy.org). The Quito-based "Ecuador Aquí Estoy" concert will take place on Sunday, May 15 with several artists, including UNDP’s Goodwill Ambassadors for Ecuador, Juan Fernando Velasco, and for Colombia, Santiago Cruz.
The campaign site includes an online and mobile donations platform that enables donations from any part of the world, via credit card. Donations received will be directed to five main areas: rehabilitation of key infrastructure, debris management, house repairs, short-term employment opportunities for affected communities and promotion of sustainable livelihoods. UNDP has kicked off community work and debris removal opportunities for quake- affected Ecuadorians in rural coastal areas.
UNDP, ranked the most transparent development agency worldwide for the second consecutive year, will be managing the funds working hand in hand with Ecuadorian agencies at the national and local levels, supporting the Government-led coordination with NGOs, UN agencies and other key partners. UNDP experts will provide technical assistance on the adequate destruction of unsafe buildings and how to dispose of and recycle rubble, in line with the work done in the aftermath of other massive earthquakes, including in Haiti and in Nepal.
Artists and everyday people are using the hash tag #EcuadorAquiEstoy to show their support of Ecuador and to promote the concerts.
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