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Quito- Ready-made effigies for sale for the New Year's Eve tradition.

Quito- Ready-made effigies for sale for the New Year’s Eve tradition.

As people around the world honor customs to welcome the new year, I now realize how easy it is to get caught up in festivities while forgetting those who are recovering from somber challenges.   Those people are surely anxious to say “Farewell” to the old year and embrace the new one with hopes for better times.

The word ‘resilient’ has popped up several times in the past week, and I know of no others more resilient than those on Ecuador’s coast who are still recovering from the April 16 earthquake.

End of day break along the cleared banks of Rio Jama. Across the river, a collectivo taxi truck transports people to nearby El Matal.

Dec. 2016 – End-of-day break along the cleared banks of Rio Jama. Across the river, a collectivo taxi truck transports people to nearby El Matal.

The following footage is from a security camera at a cyber cafe in Canoa, Ecuador on April 16, at the moment the earthquake shocked the people of the area and blanketed the coastal-struck zone in darkness.  Canoa is one of many towns between Bahia de Caraquezand Pedernales that received extensive damage from the terremoto.  (Jama is located about midway between the two areas.)


Jama Ecuador - Before the earthquake...

Jama Ecuador – Before the earthquake…That corner two-story building is gone..

Written four years ago, this post  “New Year’s Traditions in Ecuador’ features Jama and the area in better times ‘ before the earthquake.’    I added comments (in blue) regarding changes in the photos.   Join me in a tour of the old Jama, one with resilient people who are recovering, yet will forever be branded with memories of the April 16 Terremoto.

New Year’s Traditions in Ecuador

Saying ‘Goodbye’ to this old year will hopefully bring catharsis to many.  There’s no better poster girl for adversity and resilience than our dear Pat.  Her own tales of that night are quite sobering.  Perhaps I can coax her into sharing her story, or perhaps it’s best – if those wounds have healed, that it remains sealed in 2016.

October 2015: Pat Godkin has not lost heart or spirit. Hang in there Pat and all of you on the front line!

October 2015: Pat Godkin – Playa El Matal – Ecuador

Burn away the old and step into a new year!

Remembering my friends at La Division: Burn away the old and step into a new year!

To my lovely Jama Friends! (2014)

To my lovely Jama Friends! (2014)

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” -Charles Darwin

May 2017 be good to all!

Love,

Lisa

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