First Friday: Ecuador Photo Exhibition and Earthquake Relief Fundraiser
Last year, Kay Grissom-Kiely and her family spent six months living, attending school, and working in Cuenca, Ecuador (8,500 ft elevation in the Andes). They traveled extensively to various parts of the country, exploring the diverse culture and geography of jungles, mountains, oceans, islands, Inca ruins, small villages, and cities. Kay’s camera was in tow at all times, documenting their journey and revealing the soul of Ecuador with an attentive, creative eye. The camera allows Kay to see the world differently. She hopes this body of photos will inspire.
In April, the Andean coast of Ecuador was struck by a devastating 7.8-magnitude and four days later a 6.0-magnitude earthquake. Nearly 600 people died and more than 7,000 people were injured along the Northern coast. Hundreds of communities were flattened, homes collapsed, and people are still living under plastic tarps without running water or adequate sanitation. It will take years to rebuild these towns and remote communities, including lots of resources.
Now that I’m back in Montana, I’ve struggled with how to help from so far away. I decided to donate all sales from this photography exhibition to help those suffering in these remote, devastated communities. Specifically, I will donate funds to help get kids back to school and help restore meaning to their lives in the midst of the distress in their town. This fundraising effort will help re-build schools in the coastal town of Canoa, Ecuador, requiring funds for teacher salaries, books, desks, supplies, and counseling. I love Ecuador—the people, diversity, culture, animals, and land—and this is my effort to help.