It's been several days since the first shock and miracle stories continue to emerge. "Three people were pulled alive after more than 100 hours under the rubble left by the earthquake that hit the central coast of Ecuador, while the hopes of finding more survivors are diminishing with each passing hour." The provincial said he felt the presence of a loving God and neighbour in the confreres from around the world. "I felt the solidarity and the prayers of all my brothers, especially the Rector Major, Fr Angel Fernandez Artime."
Fr Molina reached Manta to meet the Salesians and the Salesian collaborators, to greet them and thank them for their collaboration against the earthquake. He went around to assess the damage caused by the earthquake with Fr Maffeo Panteghini, Provincial Economer, who has been in Manta since last Monday, and with David Tello, Lawyer of the Province, and Marcelo Mejía, the Communication Delegate.
"Our priority will be mainly healthcare, spiritual guidance and pastoral work" he told the Salesians. Along with the Provincial came six buses, three lorries, two trucks and three van loads of material donated by the provinces of Manabi.
Two doctors and two auxiliary nurses also came to help. They are part of the first team of Salesian volunteers. In this humanitarian campaign they are joined by youth movements and many Salesian educational institutions. Hundreds of children, youth and adults have organized solidarity campaigns to collect basic necessities such as water and non-perishable foods. The work done by volunteers is arduous. The youth of Don Bosco House in Guayaquil collaborate by providing coffins and caskets for the deceased since many people cannot afford to bury their relatives.
"We cannot do everything, but we can help by doing something." This is the motto for all those who want to collaborate. Anyone wishing to contribute can do so through the following sites: www.salesianos.org.ec , www.misionessalesianas.org , www.donboscomission.de , www.salesianmissions.org ; http://bosconet.in/ecuador.asp