This past week, the HEART 9/11 Ecuador Team (volunteers from Local 79 and the FDNY) partnered with the global architectural firm Perkins Eastman and Hogar de Cristo to build emergency houses in Salinas de San Vicente, the earthquake's epicenter. Forty homes were built in five days with all manual tools: hammers, nails, and post hole diggers. One critical component of HEART 9/11’s Rebuild program in Ecuador was to train volunteers in hard-hit communities in basic building skills. Working side by side with Local 79 and FDNY, community members learned about job safety and how to assemble emergency pre-fab houses. Community members expressed gratitude [...]
On June 24, 10 members of Local 79 will join 10 members of HEART 9/11 on a relief mission to Ecuador, where they will donate a week of their time and labor to help build 100 pre-fab homes for families who lost their houses in the devastating earthquake on April 16 of this year. This is one of many times that Local 79 has joined forces with HEART 9/11 to provide assistance to domestic and international regions that have been struck by disasters. Local 79 salutes all the individuals who are going on this relief mission to Ecuador!