Copa Libertadores Ecuadorian semi-finalist donates box office to UNDP benefitting over 1500 quake-affected families

Jul 4, 2016

Player Juan Angulo (17) warming up before the match against Boca Juniors (Argentina). Photo: David Klein / UNDP Ecuador

Quito, July 7, 2016 -  Ecuadorian team Independiente del Valle will play their first semi-final of Copa Libertadores tonight against Argentinian Boca Juniors, also making a historic box office donation to the earthquake-affected families in their home country through the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

More than 1,500 families in the earthquake-affected coastal provinces of Esmeraldas and Manabi will benefit directly from the US$341,535.92 box office donations from the team’s two previous games, according to the team’s official announcement on 4 June. The team also informed that tonight’s semi-final match box office against the Argentinean team Boca Juniors and an eventual Copa Libertadores final will also be donated to earthquake-affected women and men through various UNDP-managed projects.

"We have decided to donate this contribution to UNDP for its extensive experience in the recovery process," said Michel Deller, Independent del Valle vice-president during a press conference on 4 June.

The funds will be used to train quake-affected women and men so they can rebuild their own livelihoods and communities. In other coastal affected areas such as Manta and Portoviejo the funds will help women and men get back on their feet by boosting quake-affected businesses. In rural areas, the funds will be used to support fisheries and local associations.

Nuno Queiros, UNDP Deputy Resident Ecuador Representative, received the symbolic check and thanked for "this contribution which will support various affected communities, helping families get on with their lives” following the 16 April earthquake.

For the past four months UNDP has been working with national and local governments and key partners placing quake-affected communities at the centre of the recovery process.

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