Proyecto Samán is a sustainable community-driven relief camp housing 200 victims of the April 2016 earthquake.
A collective from Cuenca is working to establish a temporary, sustainable and eco-conscious earthquake relief camp. 200 individuals receive shelter and security for 2 years following the April 2016 7.8 magnitude earthquake that devastated the Ecuadorian coast. The camp is being built to internationally-recognized “Sphere Standards.” It features sanitation and water treatment technologies, a community kitchen, showers, compost toilets, a central community space, medical attention, and long-term relief tents to house the population. Everything is built to contemporary environmentally sound and sustainable standards. Proyecto Samán is more than housing, it is a means to strengthen communities and rebuild daily livelihoods.