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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! 


   To help Sister Cities of Louisville a​​nd WaterStep
deliver water filtration systems to Ecuador we need your assistance! ​​​



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.


​Sister Cities of Louisville will send a Quito Committee Co-Chair to Quito with four units of WaterStep's Safe Water Equipment. This SCL Co-Chair will be trained to teach others how to use the equipment so that it can be an effective water filtration system for years to come. ​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. 

​Why SCL needs funds

We need to purchase last-minute roundtrip airfare to courier the water filtration systems to Quito. ​Numerous sources in Ecuador say that safe water and disinfectant are the greatest needs right now. WaterStep is planning on sending new Medical-Grade Bleach Makers, in additional to more Safe Water equipment.​

 ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​We know that many of you ​wish to aid Ecuador in its recovery from the massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake that shook Ecuador in April. 

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

You can donate funds online or via check to help us buy an airline ticket, or call us at  502-574-3397 to donate frequent flier miles.

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​​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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