You may recall that here in Tokyo at our recent PechaKucha Night Vol. 135, as part of our PechaKucha Inspire Initiative, we were joined via live video feed, by our PKN organizers from Kumamoto, Japan, and Quito, Ecuador, both regions devastated by a series of recent earthquakes. Check our their incredibly moving presentations on our PechaKucha Inspire Channel.
Francisco in Quito followed up with PechaKucha HQ week to update us on the situations there. As architects, they had responded immediately to the disaster with an ingenuitive temporary shelter design with recycled and readily sourced local materials such as bamboo that would address the affected community's immediate needs.
Frustrated with a lack of support and resources from local government and authorities to develop their ideas, their project has been delayed but not their perseverance or determination to help. They've changed gears for the moment, teaming up with Project AMOR 7.8 (Love 7.8), an initiative focused to help orphans that were left with nothing after the earthquake. They hope to design and construct sustainable community developments and facilities for the children and a the community most affected by the disaster.
They need the support of the PechaKucha Global Network so please have a look at their campaign and consider helping them reach their fundraising goals and be a part of their recovery.

We direct our City Focus this week to PechaKucha friends in Quito whose county of Ecuador recently endured a massive earthquake with a devastating scale of loss. Let it be known the same friends in Ecuador who are now in the throes of tragedy were the some of the first to step up with support to Japan in our hour of need. We commit now to returning that support back to Ecuador with worldwide PechaKucha community behind you; we keep you close in your hearts and thoughts. Join us at PKN Tokyo Vol. 135 this week as host PKN Quito's Organizer to present LIVE via video conference about the current situation, and what we can do help.

The town of Quito, Ecuador has a whimsical poster and collaborative idea for their upcoming Vol. 6 evening. They've designed a poster that's meant to be folded into a paper-airplane. PKN Quito organizer Francisco Mejia has this to say about this fun, global project:

We would like to ask people around the world to download the poster, make the paper plane and take photos of the plane wherever they are. The idea is to show all the photos we receive the night of the event, this way we can show a little more of our PKN community around the world.

You can join in on the fun by downloading the poster here and sending your paper-plane photos to pknquito@me.com -- we'll link to them later on! 

PKN Quito Vol. 5 Quito's PechaKucha Night Vol. 5 was part of our Global Cities Week, and here are a few photos from the event, with more to see in this online gallery. Also, here's organizer Francisco Mejia with a few words on a fundraiser that took place at the event:

We had a great time, great presentations too! The event was held in a venue located in the historic district of Quito. It was very beautiful! This time we where able to raise funds and collect material donations for Casa Victoria Foundation -- we are a group of people dedicated to sharing our lives together with the community of San Roque, a poor neighborhood in Old Town Quito, Ecuador. We do not belong to any particular church or denomination, accepting all those who respond to the call of serving the poor wholeheartedly and joyfully.


Poster for PKN Quito Vol. 5

As promised, here's a look at the final poster for Quito's upcoming PechaKucha Night Vol. 5, which is part of our Global Cities Week. The event is set for February 23 at la Casa de Juan.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Scg19Df5YwU We shared the teaser video and poster for Quito's PechaKucha Night Vol. 5 a while back, but here is a reminder that the city is indeed taking part in our Global Cities Week, with its event set for February 23 at Casa de Juan's Café Sibarí. You can check the event page later, as it gets updated with presenters, and the final poster for the event will be revealed soon.

Invitation from PKN Quito

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Scg19Df5YwU The next PechaKucha Night in Quito (Vol. 5) will be held during the week of February 20-26 -- during our Global Cities Week -- and the organizers have put together a rather nice video to invite presenters to participate. The video, and the poster below, was designed by Andres Pacheco (Mokenke).  Invitation from PKN Quito

PKN Quito Vol. 4 Here are a few photos to share from last month's PechaKucha Night in Quito Vol. 4, with lots more to see in this online gallery. Also, a short report from organizer Francisco Mejia:

Well, it was a blast. We had great presentations, from street art, experimental music to drums manufacturing. We where able to receive at the door enough educational materials to help Cecilia Rivadeneira Foundation (works with kids with Cancer and their families).


Poster for PKN Quito Vol. 4 PechaKucha Night in Quito Vol. 4 is coming up later this month (October 18) at El Aguijon, and here are more details from organizer Francisco Mejia:

The event will be held on the same day that DETONARTE (international street art festival) begins. Because of this, we will have special guests from the festival that will share their talent and work at PKN Quito Vol.4. The entry fee is 6$, and we are also encouraging the public to donate educational material to help a foundation called Cecilia Rivadeneira Foundation. This foundation works with kids affected by cancer and their families. The donation will replace the entry fee. I wanted to dedicate this Vol.4 to a dear friend who recently passed away because of cancer.

PKN Quito + Inspire Japan Quito will take part in the Global PechaKucha Day - Inspire Japan event on April 16 -- we're including details in this post from PKN Quito organizer Francisco Mejia, and all three posters for the event, but you'll also find some details in Spanish on the official event page.

We will have a special guest that is going to perform, Tyler Spencer, a DIDJERIDU performer who has been traveling around South America and during his journey through Quito he very generously offered to perform for free at our event. We are also planing to have a tent where people attending the event can donate and share their talents, it could be all sorts of design material, clothes, paintings, CDs, etc. The idea is that everyone can contribute (even if they are not on the presenters list) by selling their stuff and the profits will also be donated to the cause.  Our talented designer Andrés Pacheco from Mokenke has put up 3 designs for the event poster. The idea is to use background images that can inspire peace and hope. The event will be held at Centro Cultural EL AGUJON on Saturday, April 16th at 8:00pm. More info on the event and how people can help and contribute can be found on our local website.