Be Part of The Change for Ecuador

The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention Oscar Wilde

On Saturday, April 16th at approximately 8 pm ET, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake devastated the beautiful country of Ecuador leaving hundreds dead, thousands injured and a nation in a state of emergency. The massive destruction the fell upon the North-West of Ecuador, Manta and Puertoviejo, could be felt in cities as far as Quito and even, Guayaquil. Since then, the country has been affected by a 5.1 magnitude foreshock and multiple aftershocks.

Why does this affect me on such a deep level?


In January 2015, I took my trip of a lifetime to remove myself from external stressors in Toronto that had left me incapacitated for months and heavily medicated to a point of numbness. It was one of the darkest places I had been over the past two years, and I was desperate to leave to find some sort of solace in my numbed state to realize my #1 bucket list item: Visit the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador.

It was this trip that allowed me to feel something again. Being able to feel the joy of the sun on my skin, salt water coating my body and most importantly, the country showed me empathy and kindness despite what I was going through. Simply put, Ecuador and the people that I met on that trip saved my life - literally. Are my struggles gone? No. This country gave me the strength, motivation and love I needed to keep pressing on. It was able to foresee the obstacles and challenges that I would need to face like the stress-induced seizure on an airplane on its way to Colombia to which I still have to seek treatment for amongst many others.

The non-profit initiative, Project #ShowSumLove, was inspired by the things that I saw and the people I met in Ecuador. It is nothing less than appropriate to raise awareness and hope that those who are reading will either contribute directly to the project or to organizations that are seeking aid for helping the Ecuadorians re-build their lives.

In the matter of moments, many lives were taken, buildings and roads flattened by the catastrophic earthquake that will be forever ingrained in the memories. I have partnered with friend, Marco Fiallo, owner of Community Hostel in Quito, Ecuador. ALL proceeds raised will be deployed directly into water, food, blankets, and supplies to aid those on the north-west coast of Ecuador.

Project #ShowSumLove is an advocate for transparency and will provide donors a financial breakdown of how the funds are deployed just like we did for our L.I.F.E. Argentina project. 100% of donations are deployed with 0% overhead.

I will be fundraising up until June 13, 2016; as I will be leaving for Ecuador to help with earthquake relief the following day. So many lives have been lost, thank you for letting me be your proxy to provide aid to Ecuador.

How to help?

  • Please share this blog post, the POWER of social media is incredible!
  • Travel to Ecuador, they need tourism more than ever.

How to make a donation to Project #ShowSumLove?


48 thoughts on “Be Part of The Change for Ecuador

  1. Such a beautiful and honest article. Will help as much as I can and share this today! Hope I can help u out a little this way and love what you’re doing!! Keep up the good work!!

    • Naomi – Thank you so much for your support, kindness and generosity; you’re an incredible person. Travel, good vibes and like mindedness brings people together from all corners of the world. I wish you nothing but continued success and keep shining like the bright and gorgeous star that you are. xo.

  2. Thanks for bringing this organization to my attention. I do believe travel heals. It takes us out of ourselves. My hubby has wanted to go to the Galapagos for years and I know we will get there one day. I lived in Panama a long time ago and my family took advantage of that to visit all of central and south america, such a beautiful place with great people.

    • What we do is inspire travellers to give back, and travel has wonders for healing all of our souls on some level. Just trying to do what’s fair and help those in need, when they are in need.

    • They are lovely people in need, I look forward to going down there to help them out on behalf of the kind and generous people who have helped out. I’m sure they are thankful that you they are in your thoughts.

  3. I think it is very admirable what you are doing. I know that places can leave a big impact on us because of the experiences we have there while we travel. I felt the same about the earthquake in Nepal. I have visited North India just a couple of months before and I felt connected, I felt that I needed to do something to help. And I did try to help as much as I could from back here.
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    • Thank you Joanna, I appreciate your kind words and sentiment. I’m so glad that you have felt the same, it is kind hearted people like you that are going to help make our world a better place. The world needs more people like you! xo

    • That’s amazing work that you do and so glad that you are funding several non-profits, your son is very lucky to have such a great mom. There’s nothing like showing that value can be created by the kindness of people that will go 100% to the individuals in need. It’s not easy, there are definitely challenges but change takes one person at a time 😉

  4. I have yet to visit Ecuador, but your article really has touched me. I’ve been watching the news on the earthquake and feel heartbroken for them. Will share this and d what I can!!

    • Ecuador is such an incredible country and it is one of the most friendly and welcoming places I have travelled to in South America. They are all willing to give even when they don’t have much to give which really brings tears to my eyes. Thank you in advance, Karilyn, for taking the time to share the article because any and all acts count.

  5. Thanks for sharing this article. I’m glad to see bloggers understand the importance of tourism for these countries. Tourism can solve broadest issues in society if it is done properly.

    I’ll share this article as much as I can.

    • Dani, thank you so much for reading and so glad that you would agree that tourism can uplift a country when they’re down. As bloggers, I find that it is important to enjoy the areas we travel to and not cancel them out of sheer fear.. Thank you for sharing this article as it means so much. I appreciate it so much!

  6. We as a travelling community are so proud of you for doing such good work for a beautiful place shaken by such a devastating natural calamity.Travel can help them recover as its impact on the local communities is direct and absolute.The post is emotive,raw and thought provoking.Thank you so much for raising awareness for such a great cause.

    • Ajaya, thank you so much for your sweet words and I hope as that as an individual, people in the travel community can help share and spread the word. Thank you for reading and am glad that you appreciated the rawness of this article.

    • The devastation is been so heartbreaking and awful. I live in Canada and don’t have to worry about such events to this capacity. However, I am totally with you because I really hope that funds and resources are used to help the areas in need but more importantly that the international aid isn’t just “in kind” for consultants and what not. I’m only one person, but hoping to do what is within my framework to give back.

  7. This is such an honest and beautiful article, and I think what you’re doing is amazing. Ecuador seems like a great place and I would never let anything like this stop me from travelling to a country. I’ll share this on twitter to spread the word. Keep being amazing!

    • Thank you so much, Claire! Honestly, as travellers I feel that as places have helped us develop and grow; we can pay it forward to other places we go to or go back to the places that helped us out. Thank you so much for sharing as all the efforts count! Xo

  8. I really feel for the people of Ecuador. I lived in Christchurch for 10 months, a few years after a series of earthquakes devastated the city. I couldn’t believe the damage when I arrived. My thoughts and prayers are with the people there, hopefully they get themselves back on their feet like the people of Christchurch did!

  9. I’m so glad to hear you’re supporting Ecuador by traveling there to help in this time of need. It’s so sad when natural disasters rock the economy of beautiful countries like this. Big kudos to you.

  10. I think what you’re doing is absolutely amazing! I will be sharing this with my network — I hope you raise a lot of funds!!!

  11. Hopefully those who can visit will visit to keep the tourism sector going and bring in much-needed money. Sometimes out of tragedy comes good things hopefully many old building will be rebuilt to todays standards so if this happens again they will withstand the quake better

    • I hope that the infrastructure improves, but again, it’s difficult for developing countries to be fully properly prepared for an event. I think that they can certainly better their processes but the challenge is that tourism won’t be enough to uplift them fully but it will be a great start. I know that I feel very fortunate being able to travel from Canada, so I do to help places that I travel to. I may be one person, but I enjoy paying it forward to try to give individuals a positive experience 🙂

    • Quito in itself is pretty, but certainly travel the rest of the country as it has so much to offer. The coast is gorgeous, Baños is an incredible adventure town, Rio Bambo is great for the Amazon and of course, the Galapagos is outta this world!! I hope that you get to Ecuador and help this beautiful country re-build

  12. It’s incredible that you can help give back to a country that left such a lasting impression in your heart. Ecuador is high on our list of destinations to visit, so we look forward to visiting and helping out how we can.

    • That’s awesome!! I am sure that they will love any support that you can give them. Feel free to give me a shout as I have friends and organizations that will always be looking for help as they even had to make a make-shift orphanage for kids who lost their parents as a result of the earthquake 🙁

    • Definitely check it out, it’s a great country and tourism will help them get back on their feet. Bringing a couple of donations with you will also be helpful! Ecuador is gorgeous

  13. Thanks for bringing this to everyone’s attention and helping to make it more widely known that people in Ecuador need help. I think its important that they are not forgotten once the news stops talking about them.

  14. Hi a,pm toyed by what you are doing, this article is so honest and raw, thank you for sharing your experiences with us. I will share this and hope that tho will help your cause.

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