Posted by: calloftheandes | May 20, 2016

Notes from the Quake Zone (Twenty-fourth in a Series)

Residents of Muyuyal share laughter with a psychologist in Ecuador's Manabí Province on May 11. The following day, the Reach Beyond medical team split up to accompany military trucks to the countryside.

Residents of Muyuyal share laughter with a psychologist in Ecuador’s Manabí Province on May 11.

(11 May 2016 Manabí Province, Ecuador)

by Hermann Schirmacher

The challenge between giving enough help, food, water and clothing in a disaster relief and the moment to reduce and draw back such support is not easy. Where is this point to stop or continue for the military to drive to remote villages several times a week and hand out supplies for free? People will continue to sit at the street to open the hands for free food as long as it comes. How to encourage to start taking on a job, take care for their crop, the livestock, continue to produce.
The other challenge is the help that folks expect from the government to hand out construction material, cement, wood and blocks to start building. But what construction code will people follow to avoid having their house destroyed again?
We heard that it is difficult to get workers to do jobs and start generating their income and help on the reconstruction. On the field away from the city many people work on small farms making 12 USD a day. Some are out there and working; some are waiting.

We went with our team and the military out to Muyuyal Arriba. They had on board of their Chinese military truck some supplies, several psychologists and went out to this remote place. We followed the truck with our vehicle and found a nice place under the roof of a building that was not finished.
We set up our spot to receive the patients. I appreciated the work from the psychologist who work with a Catholic organization. They did a good job to identify individuals to help individually and also to do some programs with the kids.

Hermann Schirmacher is a missionary with Reach Beyond.

Map showing rural settlements where Reach Beyond medical teams have tended to patients.

Map showing rural settlements where Reach Beyond medical teams have tended to patients.

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