When I put out our plea for help a few days ago asking for aid after the recent earthquakes in Ecuador. I had no idea what was going to become of it. It’s always a little terrifying when you throw a pebble into the void and you don’t know if people actually see it or not.
But we raised $1,362 so far!
Cuz like really OVER 1,000 FREAKING DOLLARS!
And several donations came in to my house already and is packed!
We have over 50 pounds of clothes, shoes, and mosquito nets!
We got in feminine hygiene products and 300 water purification tablets too.
And my Dad said he’d pay for the truck to move things to the coast.
But now we have a goal of $2,500
With a stretch goal of $3,000.
Because we want to build homes.
Okay, but then with all this money that we got, I thought that maybe we could do something more sustainable than buy tents and provide temporary housing.
And then we Skyped that very same day!!
Carlos wants to help a small community where his family was affected called “Tres Vías el Mamey”. In this area, six houses fell and people are living in structures like this.
So we’re going to go build those semi-permanent casitas.
Advantages of the Casita
- It’s made out of all locally sourced material.
- These little houses are made from a type of plastic produced in Ecuador from a company called “Flexiplast” This white plastic reflects 95% of the light back so the insides of the houses don’t get hot.
- There rest of the construction is built from native bamboo. Mosquito nets or thin reflective plastics are used as the siding to keep insects at bay.
- Each casita can house a family of five.
- It can last without maintenance for 2-3 years.
- Anyone can put one up with a supervisor who goes to oversee the project.
- Each casita can be put up in 3 hours with the help of 6 people.
- They aren’t nailed together, so they can be moved if necessary.
- But they’re still really strong!
If you want to read about the project, the materials, and all the advantages of these houses, I’ve linked the entire project proposal, design plans, and cost.
Our $2,500 Goal
Each complete house, including the water bucket, materials, and labor costs $400.
That’s it! for $400 you can give someone a home! For $2,400 you can give six people a home!
You can give them a way for parents to take care of their kids and return to work!
We would like to replace all of the 6 houses that fell in Tres Vías el Mamey.
The $3,000 Stretch Goal
As you’ll noticed we’re asking for $2,500 although 6 houses cost $2,400. That’s because we want to make sure that we have a little bit of a buffer in case we hit some road bumps along the way.
Any extra money after the initial $2,500 will go to buying water and food for this community and other community members of Muisne. I’m still very passionate about getting food and supplies to people who still aren’t getting aid.
On May 5 (Thursday) Manuel and Christina are going down to meet with Carlos’s dad to talk about the logistics of getting a truck full of bamboo to Tres Vías el Mamey and who in the community would be willing to help us pitch the casitas.
On May 16 Carlos, either Manuel or Christina (or both!) and I will be going to Tres Vías el Mamey until May 20th. We’ll be there constructing the casitas, giving out the donations, and helping in whatever other way is possible.
While I really do have faith that we can meet the stretch goal of $3,000, if we fall short of our original goal we will build as many houses as we can. We’ll use the remainder to buy food, clean water, and supplies for the people.
Things I’m Doing to Convince You to Help
The First thing is that on Thursday May 5, right before my flight, I’ll pile all the bugs I possibly can on my face at one time. I’m asking people to pledge 1 dollar for each bug my awesome face can support at one time. I like putting bugs on my face but I haven’t tried more than one at time.
If you want to pile all the bugs on your face and have people sponsor you too, feel free to join in the fun!
Your Awesome Face in Classic AaE or Chibi Art Style
I’ve done a few caricatures for Ask an Entomologist in the past. If you donate $10 I’ll draw your super cool face (and body). You should tell me a little about you, your research interests, work, outside of work hobbies, favorite bug, plant, mushroom, bird or whatever you really like. Just give me your photo and something that you LOVE LOVE and I’ll draw you! I’ll give you the file and you can use it for whatever you want. Profile pictures, you can print it, use it for your website, blog, business cards, wall art. Literally anything.
You can pick from two styles. The classic AaE Art Style or Chibis.
If you’ve already donated, I’ll get started on drawing your awesome face. I’ll send you an email asking you for the above information and what style you’d like.
When you donate to PayPal or Venmo you can write me a message specifying what style you want, a link to your picture, and your interests. Or you can email me all of that information.
I’ll be drawing between May and June. The lodge is a little busy in May and also I’ll be building houses. In June I’m going with the University of Georgia Ecuador Term Abroad. So basically, you can expect your drawing during May or June.
We got a lot of money! $1362 to be exact. And with that money I want to do something sustainable and meaningful. Therefore, our new goal is $2,500 to build 6 casitas in Tres Vías el Mamey, a small community in the city of Muisne between May 16 and May 20. We already have two team members scounting out the logistics of the area on May 5th.
If we get $3,000 we’ll be able to build the 6 houses and continue to bring food and supplies to the people of Muisne extending beyond Tres Vías el Mamey.
You can pledge a dollar for every bug I manage to shove on my face at one time. This will be going down the morning of May 5 – right before I get on a plane for Ecuador. So you get instant gratification.
You can also donate $10 and I’ll draw you! Just email me a photo, tell me a little about you and what your passionate about and what style you’d like! Don’t forget to pick an art style! Classic AaE or Chibi!