By Matt Kroschel

DENVER (CBS4)– Although he is thousands of miles away from the recent earthquake devastation in Ecuador, one high school student in Colorado knows he can make a difference.

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The Mullen High School junior Kasha Akrami has been helping the country through the non-profit called Sierra Project Foundation, which he founded years ago.

(credit: sierraprojectfoundation.org)

(credit: sierraprojectfoundation.org)

“Our group started three years ago after a trip I took on my own to Ecuador. Subsequently, I started this group with a few friends, with whom I gathered medicine and donations and sent to Ecuador on a regular basis,”Akrami told CBS4.

The group grew over the last three years, accumulating 20 some members and employees, an office space, and initiatives into new countries.

(credit: sierraprojectfoundation.org)

(credit: sierraprojectfoundation.org)

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Akrami’s organization typically produces comic books for youth to read that help them learn pertinent health issues.

This week they are focusing energies for raising donations to buy and send medical supplies, blankets, children’s formula, and other supplies to Ecuador. The death toll from the recent earthquake totals at least 350.

(credit: sierraprojectfoundation.org)

(credit: sierraprojectfoundation.org)

“It is very important that aid is sent sooner rather than later,” Akrami added.

The Sierra Project Foundation is accepting donations.

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Matt Kroschel covers news throughout Colorado working from the CBS4 Mountain Newsroom. Send story ideas to mrkroschel@cbs.com and connect with him on Twitter @Matt_Kroschel.