Network of Ecuadorian students in Korea hold “Benefit Concert for Ecuador” to support post-earthquake rehabilitation

Jun 10, 2016

Ecuadorian musicians perform at the Benefit Concert for Ecuador to support post-earthquake rehabilitation (Photo: USPC)

Bands and dance groups from Ecuador and Korea that cover genres ranging from San Juanito to Pop Ballads performed in a Benefit Concert for Ecuador on Thursday June 9, 2016 at 6:30pm at the Inchon Memorial Hall Auditorium of Korea University, Anam Campus, in response to the devastating earthquake that struck Ecuador on April 16. The concert was supported by the Embassy of Ecuador in Korea, UNDP Seoul Policy Centre and Korea University.

The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Ecuador resulted in over 700 casualties and over 27,000 people injured, according to official figures. Some 7,000 homes were destroyed in five provinces. Rehabilitation of the affected areas, according to the Ecuadorian government, could take months or even years, and the economic damage is estimated at around US$ 3 billion. The recent disaster, the largest natural disaster in the country in the last 70 years, demonstrated that disasters disproportionately affect the poor and vulnerable, especially women, children, and the elderly.

Proceeds generated through ticket sales and other donations will be managed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), which will place affected communities at the heart of recovery efforts in Ecuador. Donations received will be directed to five main areas: rehabilitation of key infrastructure, debris management, house repairs, short-term employment opportunities for affected communities and promotion of sustainable livelihoods. UNDP has kicked off community work and debris removal opportunities for quake- affected Ecuadorians in rural coastal areas.

As the UNDP Deputy Representative in Ecuador has pointed out, an entire homeless family can receive help with approximately US$ 1,000. The Benefit Concert helped raise funds that would help at least ten families on the coast of Ecuador.

UNDP, ranked the most transparent development agency worldwide for the second consecutive year, will be managing the funds working hand in hand with Ecuadorian agencies at the national and local levels, supporting the Government-led coordination with NGOs, UN agencies and other key partners.  UNDP experts will provide technical assistance on the adequate destruction of unsafe buildings and how to dispose of and recycle rubble, in line with the work done in the aftermath of other massive earthquakes, including in Haiti and in Nepal.

 

The concert was preceded by a Roundtable on Climate Change and Disaster Resilience organized by the UNDP Seoul Policy Centre. It was the first in a series of Roundtables on the Sustainable Development Goals held in celebration of UNDP’s 50th anniversary this year.