Posted by: calloftheandes | May 2, 2016

Notes from the Quake Zone (Ninth in a Series)

Hermann Schirmacher in San José de Chamanga, Esmeraldas Province, Ecuador.

Hermann Schirmacher in San José de Chamanga, Esmeraldas Province, Ecuador.

(25 April 2016. Esmeraldas Province, Ecuador)

by Hermann Schirmacher

Today we went to reach out to the San Gregorio community. Here our Community Development department had done a water project 10 years ago. It is still working. Last week our engineer, Cesar Cortez, could deploy many rolls of reinforced plastic for temporary shelter that we received five years ago from Samaritan’s Purse. I could see throughout the community many places covered and also people working on fixing their houses.

Paramedic Darrell Holden talks with Ecuadorian boys.

Paramedic Darrell Holden talks with Ecuadorian boys.

As we arrived, we had a patient in a serious situation and he had to be taken to the hospital in the back of a pickup. Darrel Holden [a Reach Beyond paramedic] helped during the transportation to keep the patient safe.

Our medical team could serve many waiting patients and also hand out some basic food and supplies, as well some literature to the children.

Dr. Trina Wisecup with patient and mother.

Dr. Trina Wisecup with patient and mother.

Later on, we left to visit a community called Balsalito. There was only one family that had lost their home due to the earthquake. This family with 11 children now live in a school and we went to help with medical assistance, and also donated food and supplies. Some moms from Balsalito came with their little children to receive medical care.

Afterwards, we went to another community called Boca De Rio Suicio located at five kilometers from the main road in between Chamanga and El Salto to look at the refugee camp and their health situation.

At El Salto we could donate to two refugee camps food and supplies generously donated by private companies, by Radio Station HCJB Ecuador and by Hospital Vozandes.

Hermann Schirmacher is a missionary with Reach Beyond.

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