Mocoa Relief Effort

Heavy rain during the early morning of April 1, 2017 caused catastrophic flooding and mudslides in Mocoa, the regional capital of the Putumayo Department, resulting in the tragic loss of over 300 lives and major damage to the city’s infrastructure.

Immediately starting on April 1, 2017, Gran Tierra provided assistance to the disaster recovery and relief efforts. Our initial focus was to assist the Government and rescue teams. We delivered over 20 tons of food and water and more than 5 tons of goods and basic necessities to the impacted areas. Gran Tierra also provided equipment, civil works and infrastructure to help with the re-opening of roads and assisted in the reconstruction of bridges to allow the entry of humanitarian aid to Mocoa. Gran Tierra also provided electricity to the regional hospital and the Mocoa mayor's office building, as well as transported a water treatment plant from Bogota to Mocoa. We cooperated and coordinated with the national and regional Governments to implement infrastructure projects to support Mocoa’s recovery.

Gran Tierra Energy, along with our partners, responded to the crisis and supported the immediate recovery in the following ways:

  • Contributed more of 5 tons of goods and basic necessities
  • Provided 90 feeding kits and 3,000 liters of bottled water
  • Provided remittances for 25 families (10 people per family) for 5 days
  • Provided 4 deliveries of household supplies including: sheets, blankets, emergency tents and mattresses
  • Employees collected and donated 25 boxes of clothes and non-perishable food
  • Supplied 120,000 gallons of water daily for the hospital and neighborhoods
  • Supplied more than 4,000 gallons of fuel for airport support, power plants and to operate the machinery for road improvement
  • Contributed electricity to the Hospital and to the Mocoa Mayor's Office building
  • Assisted in the reconstruction of bridges with rig mats (platforms and structures) to allow the entry of humanitarian aid to Mocoa
  • Provided equipment, civil works and infrastructure to help with the re-opening of roads
  • Mobilized electrical experts to carry out a study of the state of the Electrical System of the Junín Station and managed measures to fix it
  • Provided transportation for the delivery of food, for rescue teams and for members of the government commission
  • Provided additional transportation support including helicopters, light and heavy trucks and airplane tickets
  • Transported a water treatment plant from Bogotá to Mocoa

The President and CEO of Gran Tierra Energy, Gary Guidry, also announced a matching program hours after the tragedy, whereby any donation made by employees would be matched dollar for dollar by the Company. The total donation raised was over $126,000,000 COP from employees in Colombia, Canada, members of the Board of Directors and the matching contribution from Gran Tierra Energy.

Computer Classroom Donation to the Colegio Ciudad Nueva Mocoa Institution

With the funds GTE raised after the Mocoa disaster a donation of a computer classroom was made to the Colegio Ciudad Nueva Mocoa educational institution.

Located in the direct impact zone of the disaster, Colegio Ciudad Nueva Mocoa was one of the most affected schools. The institution lost 32 children and 7 are still reported missing. In addition to this tragic situation, 80% of the school population lives in the worst hit neighborhoods.

This initiative was requested by the Mocoa community in order to strengthen education and digital literacy in the region. Once the computer room was built, it was equipped with 20 computers, Microsoft Office licenses, a video projector and screen, tables, chairs, and air conditioning for the room. Additionally, the donation includes a series of entrepreneurship workshops to provide graduating students with tools to formulate business ideas.

Caliyaco Rural Education Center

Gran Tierra Energy also made a donation to the Caliyaco Educational Center. This school is located in the village of Caliyaco in Mocoa, Putumayo, and was also devastated by the impact of the disaster.

After analyzing and discussing the various needs and priorities that the educational institution required after the disaster, it was decided to support the school by providing building and construction material, new kitchen appliances and furniture, office equipment, as well as computers and a printer.

Through this donation, the Caliyaco Rural Education Centre was able to reintegrate students back to school in a positive way.

This donation is very important for the educational community, because it helps to provide better service and at the same time improves the quality of the education that the students receive; we express our thanks for this huge and timely support.

Raul Escobar, Director CER Caliyaco