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Help Ecuador recove​​​​r from massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake!

Right now, the most critical need in Ecuador is Water. Safe Water! 

​    Help Sister Cities of Louisville, Indiana University - Southeast​, a​​nd WaterStep

deliver water filtration systems to Ecuador!​​


​We need your assistance! 

Read below to see how your financial contribution or luggage donation will help Ecuador today!

The Partnership 

​IUS, SCL and WaterStep will send filtration systems to Ecuador. WaterStep has graciously donated the initial filtration systems and is coordinating the logistics through a network of connections and organizations on the ground in Ecuador. CLICK HERE to read more about WaterStep's lifesaving water filtration systems.​ 

The Plan

Magdalena Herdoiza-Estevez, a Sister Cities Board Member and professor at Indiana University - Southeast, is taking her class of 14 students to Ecuador equipped with water filtration systems and chlorine makers. Magdalena and her sudents will train members of local non-profits to build, maintain, and use these systems, which will be useful for months to come!

Due to SCL's long-standing relationship with Quito, we have partnered with Senagua (Department of Water for Ecuador) and the Municipalidad de Quito (City of Quito) to ensure that we can easily move the filtration systems through customs to deliver them immediately to the neediest people without delay.

​​Sending these very needed water filtration systems is the best way that Louisville can aid in Ecuador's recovery.      

How YOU Can Help!

1. Donate Funds 

You can contribute funds to buy water filtration systems, chlorine makers, and other lifesaving items.  


2. Donate Luggage

We need large bags in good shape that can hold over 50 lbs of the water filtration systems and other lifesaving items.

If you would like to donate a suitcase or duffle bag, please drop it off at the Sister Cities office (620 S. 3rd Street, 40202).

​​​What is Sister Cities?

In 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower launched the People-to-People idea. His intention was to involve individuals and organized groups at all levels of society in citizen diplomacy, with hope that personal relationships, fostered through city, county and state affiliations, would lessen the chance of future world conflicts. Recognizing the importance of involving all citizens in world diplomacy, he called upon the nation's cities as the centers of opportunity, expression and economic growth, to unite with communities around the world in building a solid structure of world peace. 

At the core of all sister cities relationships is an agreement, signed by the Mayors of each city, reflecting their mutual commitment to building bridges between governments, businesses and individuals. Today, through formal Sister Cities affiliations governed by Sister Cities International, 2,400 Sister Cities relationships are bringing citizens together.

What are Louisville's Sister Cities?

Louisville's nine sister cities and years of partnership are:

· Montpellier, France (1954)

· Quito, Ecuador (1962)

· Tamale, Ghana (1979)

· Mainz, Germany (1994)

· La Plata, Argentina (1994)

· Perm, Russia (1994)

· Jiujiang, PR China (2004)

· Leeds, England (2006)

· Adapazari, Turkey (2012)



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