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We and the people of Ecuador are very grateful to all those who have helped make this complicated enterprise a success. Ecuadorians are very resilient and they will find the courage to rebuild and normalize their lives. I wanted to finish this piece with some interesting facts about beautiful Ecuador, a land of friendly people as well as diverse and breathtaking landscape: • Alexander Von Humboldt made his most important discoveries in Ecuador: “the true discoverer of the Americas” • The Geodesic Mission (AKA the Enlightment Expedition) that reshaped our world took place in Ecuador • Darwin’s eureka moment occurred in the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador • The Avenue of the Volcanoes is located in Ecuador Central region (more than 70 of them) • The summit of the Chimborazo volcano is the farthest point from the center of the Earth • Approximately half of Ecuador inhabitants dwell at high altitude (>9,000 feet above sea level) • There are more mobile phones than people • It is one of the most biodiverse countries on Earth with more than 370 mammal species • The official currency is the U.S. dollar • Michael Craig “Mike” Judge, the creative genius of King of the Hill and Beavis and Butthead is an Ecuadorian national born in Ecuador’s largest city Guayaquil Our team sorting and organizing all the supplies for air shipping Dr Michelle Grunauer, Dean of the School of Medicine at Universidad San Francisco de Quito, visiting the town of Pedernales (very close to the epicenter) to help provide basic medical care Medical student Juan Sebastian Crespo helping to provide psychological support to the children of Pedernales 9


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