More than 20 latin superstars perfom in Miami for Ecuador Earthquake survivorsMay 12, 2016
Miami, May 12, 2016 – For the first time ever, more than 20 Latin music artists gathered in Miami yesterday to perform in a star-studded benefit concert to support the earthquake-affected in Ecuador.
The historic show, “Ecuador Aquí Estoy,” (Ecuador, I am here for you) (www.ecuadoraquiestoy.org/) is an unprecedented response to the devastating earthquake that struck Ecuador on April 16, killing over 600 people and affecting the lives of nearly two million people. The Ecuadorian-American Chamber of Commerce of Miami organized the concert in just 11 days.
Funds raised through ticket sales and mobile phone donations will be donated to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), which will manage funds to continue placing affected community at the heart of recovery efforts in Ecuador.
Artists included Carlos Vives, Chayanne, Franco de Vita, 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, CNCO, Fernando Arau, Francisco Pinoargotti, Piter Albeiro and Sie7e.
The Latin stars played for free and covered their own travel expenses that evening to raise the most funds possible.
“Being here today is part of a cycle: I’ve received so much and this is the time to give back all the love,” said superstar Chayanne. “My message to the affected Ecuadorians is don’t get discouraged: we are gathering support, life continues and you will get back on your feet. I’m happy to be part of this initiative.”
“On behalf of my people, of the affected Ecuadorians we thank you, Miami, for your generosity at this show, which complements our upcoming concert this Sunday in Quito” said UNDP Ecuador Goodwill Ambassador Juan Fernando Velasco who organized the campaign in Ecuador, stressing that solidarity among the Latin community has no boundaries.
More than 5500 people attended the concert, over 45 news outlets and around 80 reporters gave special coverage to the event, including CNN en Español, Univision, EFE and many others.
Artists encouraged the audience and viewers to donate to the #EcuadorAquiEstoy campaign sending text messages to 41444 with the words EcuadorSOS (US-only). Donations are also coming from other parts of the world through the online and mobile donations platform.
Funds 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. Following the initial test phase, 21 earthquake-affected women and men have removed debris of 21 houses and will now rebuild them. The programmes will now be expanded to several other affected 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.
“We are extremely thankful for the generosity of the thousands of Latin women and men, who came to the concert in Miami today and donated on our online and mobile platform,” said Nuno Queiros, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Ecuador.
“And there are no words to thank, on behalf of the quake-affected Ecuatorians, all the support from the artists and producers who made this historic event possible,” he added, reminding that the efforts continue with a Quito-based benefit concert taking place this Sunday, 15 May with several other Latin artists.
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