B’nai B’rith International is opening its Disaster Relief Fund to provide aid to the victims of the catastrophic earthquake that occurred April 16 in Ecuador. B’nai B’rith will also provide continuing support to Japan, after it suffered two earthquakes last week, one on April 14 and the other on April 16. That fund originally opened in March 2011 after an 8.9 earthquake and tsunami devastated parts of Japan.
The 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Ecuador Saturday killed more than 400, and has injured more than 4,000 people. Many are still trapped beneath rubble, and thousands of businesses and homes have been destroyed. On Monday, Ecuador was also hit with several aftershocks, with the biggest having a magnitude of 5.1. Hundreds of people are without homes and clean drinking water, and reconstruction will take years.
“We are eager and ready to help the citizens of Ecuador and Japan rebuild,” B’nai B’rith International President Gary P. Saltzman said. “B’nai B’rith has been providing disaster relief support since 1865, and will continue to offer assistance to those in need.”
The fund will also continue to support Japan by providing medical supplies and other basic necessities, after it suffered through two earthquakes and aftershocks in recent days. More than 40 have been killed and more than 1,000 injured. The first earthquake—6.4-magnitude—and the second earthquake—7.3-magnitude—caused extreme damage to bridges, roads and tunnels; and has caused landslides that have isolated outlying communities.
“Providing humanitarian aid is one of our core missions as an organization, and countries around the world can count on us to help,” B’nai B’rith International Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the people in Ecuador and Japan.”
We will also be assisting those who have been impacted by extensive flooding in Houston and nine surrounding counties in Texas, including areas where the Jewish community is concentrated. B’nai B’rith will utilize its contacts in coalition with other agencies to provide long-term rebuilding plans for Ecuador, Japan and Texas.
To help, donate online at our secure website by clicking here.
You can also call 800-573-9057 to make a credit card contribution over the phone. Or, you can send a check payable to the B’nai B’rith Disaster Relief Fund to:
B’nai B’rith International
Disaster Relief Fund
1120 20 Street NW, Suite 300N
Washington, DC 20036