Heart-warming news arrives as through angel couriers, and today two messages arrived from Helene, a dear friend from France. She wears big shoes at CNES (France’s equal to NASA) and shared some info that touched me greatly.
I asked for permission to share her message, which was:
“Just to inform you that earth observation satellites are being used at present time for helping rescue teams in Ecuador.
People from my team work on it and I thought you would be interested.
See the international charter disasters Web site with latest activations panama and Ecuador …..”
Helene also said, ” Do not hesitate to show that all spatial agencies around the world (including of course NASA, CNES (French), DLR (German), ESA (European) and 12 other space agencies…) are working together (in best effort way, with no exchange of money !) in order to help rescue teams.”
Dear, dear Helene! Thank you so much, and I am sure that many others will enjoy knowing there are many other space agencies working in our behalf. Thank you so much!
Good news from Esthela Déleg, who relayed a message from John and Mary McDonald via her family. She said, “John said “Thank you, Lisa, for worrying about us. We’re fine, but we have no way to communicate”.
She says that Nancy Levin is OK as well.
Every Sunday, Sara at Zero Latitude Living publishes an amazing summary of recently-published articles about Ecuador. She has also worked on earthquake relief teams, so I am not surprised that she published a special earthquake edition. Start Here:
There’s a wealth of information there – Thanks, Sara!
Jody, a dear friend who is not presently in Jama/El Matal, has helped keep others informed about what’s happening in Jama. Her husband Bobby and others have traveled on brutal roads to reach Pedernales, which is in bad shape, and hopefully he’s reached Jama by now. Here are a few links that Jody shared:
Thank you, dear Jody.
I will close with a short tribute to a friend who died in the Jama earthquake. Chana’s tienda was almost always my first stop when I went to town, and I circled around to say, “Goodbye” on my way back out of town. My heart goes out to her husband Arturo and the family.
It is doubtful I can be of any help to those on the coast, so I plan to focus on tasks at my friends’ property at Rio Cinto/Mindo. Most likely I’ll be offline until Monday. Stay well and safe, everyone, and thank you for your amazing support, not only for me but for the entire country of Ecuador.
Remember there are angels watching over us, even when we don’t know it! Thanks again, Helene.