2016 Ecuador Earthquake
2016 Ecuador Earthquake
UPDATE: April 27, 2016 –
Doctors Without Borders/Médicins Sans Frontières (MSF) – Hilton Prize Laureate MSF is concentrating efforts in areas where help has not yet arrived. The organization is focusing on mental health support, kit distribution, medicine donations and water and sanitation projects.
Handicap International – Handicap International has mobilized a team of seven emergency specialists from six countries to support aid efforts in Pedernales and Manabi, Ecuador. The organization will provide rehabilitation and psychosocial support to injured people and their families.
Heifer International – Heifer International’s team in Ecuador spent last week assessing damage and delivering aid supplies to the communities where they work.
So far, Heifer has delivered:
- Non-perishable food and 2,000 liters of water to the 930 families who are members of Fortaleza del Valle cooperative in Manabi
- 2,000 liters of water, plus diapers, candles and canned food in San Clemente
- Water, medicine, tents, food and flashlights for 487 members of the Union of Farmers Organizations of Esmeraldes
UPDATE: April 21, 2016
Doctors Without Borders/Médicins Sans Frontières (MSF) – Hilton Prize Laureate MSF sent two teams from Tumaco, Colombia, to areas most affected by the earthquake. A third MSF team from Mexico has visited Manta, Porto Viejo, Chone and Flavio Alfaro, south of Pedernales. A fourth MSF team is on its way to Ecuador.
Operation Smile – Coalition member Operation Smile founded its office in Ecuador over 20 years ago. On April 21, local staff and volunteers launched an emergency medical mission in Jama — just miles outside the earthquake’s epicenter.
UPDATE: April 19, 2016
Handicap International – Since Sunday morning, Handicap International teams have been preparing to launch an emergency response to provide people injured in the earthquake with rehabilitation care. A team of emergency specialists in the region is traveling to Ecuador to assess the needs and plan the intervention.
Heifer International – Based on initial assessments, Heifer staff and project participants in Ecuador are reported to be safe. The earthquake had an epicenter about 16 miles from Muisne, an area where Heifer has worked with farmers to restore the mangroves and preserve local sustainable aquaculture practices. The earthquake also impacted areas where Heifer farmers produce cocoa. Heifer communities in Muisne, Manabi, Calceta and Fortaleza del Valle have sustained significant damage. Heifer’s immediate efforts are focused on providing shelter, food, and water. Heifer will work to rebuild irrigation systems, crop processing units, and safe structures–such as the aggregation center for the cocoa cooperative–to preserve crops and protect livelihoods. Heifer Ecuador mobilized two teams on Monday to assist communities in Fortaleza del Valle and Muisne. Heifer Ecuador plans to assist 900 families in Fortaleza del Valle and 300 families in Muisne. This work will benefit additional families as well due to restoration of infrastructure.
SOS Children’s Villages (SOS) – Currently in Ecuador, there are 6 SOS Children’s Villages, 10 Youth programs and 6 Family Strengthening Programs, supporting a total of over 6,400 beneficiaries. One of most affected villages – SOS Village Esmeraldas – was evacuated by the tsunami alert with support from Red Cross but all are safe and returning to villages.
SOS response and relief efforts already underway:
- Providing food, water, medical relief and shelter to affected families in the communities where SOS Children’s Villages works.
- Reuniting children with their families and care for those who are unaccompanied or separated.
- Providing child friendly spaces that offer education, emotional support, basic medical care, and other services to help those in need
(Photo map provided by SOS Children’s Villages USA)
April 18, 2016
A 7.8-magnitude earthquake occurred off the coast of Ecuador on Saturday, April 16th, affecting towns within the coastal region of the South American nation. All six coastal provinces are currently under states of emergency.
So far there have been 350 confirmed deaths. Many are still trapped within the rubble and debris as rescue workers race to save them from collapsed and partially collapsed buildings. More than 2,500 people have also been reported as injured.
In addition to the human suffering, President Rafael Correa indicated to media outlets that “reconstruction will cost billions of dollars,” which makes humanitarian response during the post-earthquake period even more crucial to the lives of many Ecuadorian survivors.
The following Laureates are assisting in the response:
Doctors Without Borders/Médicins Sans Frontières – MSF is sending teams from Colombia and Mexico to confront the many medical injuries that have resulted from the earthquake.
Heifer International – Heifer Ecuador is moving two teams into the heavily affected zones of Calceta, Manabi, and Muisne. These teams will assess the damages caused by the earthquake in order to coordinate efforts with Ecuador’s Ministry of Agriculture and other disaster response groups.
SOS Children’s Villages (SOS) – SOS Ecuador reports that all children and co-workers in SOS Villages in Ecuador are safe and unhurt, and that there is no damage to SOS Villages within the affected provinces. These SOS Villages plan to aid in the emergency response efforts through caring for unaccompanied and separated children, providing food, water and non-food items, allocating child friendly spaces, and providing shelter, as well as medical support.