Ecuador Disaster Relief Fund

On April 16, Ecuador experienced its most devastating earthquake in 40 years, severely affecting residents of rural Ecuadorian towns west of Quito.  The 7.8-magnitude quake struck near the town of Muisne, the greatest damage occurring in the coastal region of Manabí.

More than 300 aftershocks shook the country in the 36 hours since Saturday’s quake. Over 400 people were killed and thousands injured. The Spanish Red Cross believes as many as 100,000 people will need assistance.

500In times of such disasters, The Resource Foundation quickly mobilizes resources and reaches out to its local network to assess the situation as well as local needs and responses to determine where donors’ support can be best invested. The Resource Foundation partners with local non‐profit organizations that provide long‐term reconstruction and recovery assistance in areas afflicted by natural disasters. The Resource Foundation collaborates with local NGOs because they have a greater understanding of the social, cultural and economic situation, and thus can develop effective interventions. These organizations can quickly assess needs on the ground and develop programs that provide effective long‐term assistance so that victims can rebuild their homes, reestablish their businesses, and restore their livelihoods.

TRF is working along with its local partners to support affected communities. Highlights include:

FEPP

The populations most affected by the earthquake are along the coast (Manabí, Esmeraldas, Santa Elena, Guayas and Los Ríos provinces). FEPP is part of a larger network already mobilized and working to distribute goods directly to those most affected by the earthquake, particularly in Manabí and Esmeraldas. FEPP’s local teams are working with affected families and communities as well as local authorities and other network members to develop recovery and relief programs including health, training, and reconstruction.

Hogar de Cristo

Organizations, including the Church and government, have already started to coordinate relief efforts to distribute urgent, high-need items like nonperishable food, water, clothing, shoes, mattresses, etc. Hogar de Cristo is, therefore, focusing on coordinating shelter for the hundreds of homeless/displaced families – many have lost everything, and entire families are sleeping in parks, on streets, and in schools and community centers that have opened as temporary shelters. Hogar de Cristo is working to build emergency housing, including homes and camps, for affected families located in all areas along the coast gravely affected by the earthquake, with priority given to families in Manabí and Esmeraldas.

  • Campamento: Each camp can accommodate 11 families and is outfitted with a kitchen, bathroom, and showers, as well as a way to collect trash and rainwater. Each camp costs roughly $27,000 USD.
  • Single-family emergency shelters made of wood and cane cost roughly $1,696 USD each.
  • Single-family “Viviendas de MDP” humidity-resistant homes are made with special materials and cost $1,811 USD each.

Acción Solidaria

Currently sending volunteers into the most affected areas to analyze the current situation in the communities so that they may provide support in the most efficient and effective way possible. They are most concerned with ensuring that the smaller communities affected also receive the support they need – this is part of the analysis that their volunteers will be conducting this week. Acción wants to be sure that they are not hindering the rescue work that government institutions are doing, but rather to be a useful complement to these initiatives.

How You Can Help

Donate to the relief efforts in Ecuador through the Ecuador Disaster Relief Fund at TRF. Donations to The Resource Foundation in support of disaster relief in Ecuador are tax deductible to the highest extent allowed by law.

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