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Ecuador Earthquake Relief Fund

by GlobalGiving's Disaster Recovery Network
Ecuador Earthquake Relief Fund
Photo by CARE
Photo by CARE

On April 16th 2016, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the central coast of Ecuador, killing more than 550 and damaging infrastructure along coastal regions including Manabí, Esmeraldas, Santa Elena, Guayas, Santo Domingo, and Los Ríos. The need for emergency supplies and basic necessities was high, but you responded. Here is a brief update of the help you supported:

  • Corporacion Grupo Randi Randi continues to provide a cultural center for earthquake victims. They are ‘turning disaster into opportunity’ by using time spent in the center to learn skills and build projects, hoping this will move towards initiatives and NGOs. The center also serves as a safe place for discussion on gender issues, child security, and other human rights issues. With the support you provided, they have bought books, sewing machines, land, and reconstructed the shelter.
  • The team at Fundacion Clara Luna are among the few organizations still working with children affected in the northern part of Manabi. By running mobile libraries and community centers, Clara Luna helps to lessen the burden of home displacement and earthquake trauma on children. All summer long, the children learned about emotions, diversity, tolerance, and empathy through storytelling and theatre.
  • Over one year later, CARE’s earthquake relief response has provided help to over 37,000 people in 118 communities, coordinating with the UN and the Ecuadorian government to help those affected most. Their programs range from Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH), to providing shelter and psychosocial support.
  • Yachana Foundation is continuing skills training to Ecuadorians impacted by the 2016 earthquake. This includes training in masonry, welding, and developing sustainable farming technology. Two products developed so far include a bicycle powered corn grinder and a corn dehusker, which Yachana hopes will support rural communities most impacted by the earthquake.

All this and more is possible because of the support you provided. We are now closing this fund, but if you are interested in continuing to support Ecuador going forward, check out these projects on GlobalGiving.

Thank you for your response to rebuilding Ecuador!

Photo by Clara Luna
Photo by Clara Luna
Photo by Corporacion Grupo Randi Randi
Photo by Corporacion Grupo Randi Randi
A child reading a book with Fundacion Clara Luna
A child reading a book with Fundacion Clara Luna

Nearly one year after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that devastated Ecuador, our local, high-impact partners are still at work helping people rebuild their lives. The need is still great, but amazing progress has been made so far because of your generosity. Here is some of the work your support has funded since then:

Corporacion Grupo Randi Randi is rebuilding a local library system destroyed by the earthquake. In the meantime, they’re using a biblio-burro – library donkey – as a mobile library to bring books and education to residents in Don Juan, Ecuador.

All Hands Volunteers brought together 394 volunteers from 44 different countries to assist a total of 575 families. 30 families received homes built from sustainable, reinforced material to increase resiliency.

Fundacion Clara Luna is focusing on trainings for community members and programs to ensure stability and security for children affected by the earthquake.

IsraAID is launching a new program they’re calling HoneyAID. By providing training in beekeeping, they’re aiming to strengthen the economic, social, and political empowerment of women in rural communities of Manabí who’ve been affected by last year’s earthquake.

World Vision brought clean water to 50 schools. Wendy, a 12-year-old student, said “We now have delicious water from these tanks, and we can take it directly out without having to boil it or do anything to it. What I like most is that, since it’s very hot and the sun is very strong, my friends and I can run to drink straight out of the tank and the water is so fresh!”

Right now, donations to projects continuing to support recovery in Ecuador are being 100% matched. Ahead of the one-year anniversary of this disaster, it’s important we continue supporting families and communities in Ecuador on the long road to recovery. Please support one of these projects providing rebuilding and recovery before matching funds run out.

Look out for further updates about the progress being made by these organizations and others dedicated helping Ecuador rebuild. Thank you for your generosity, especially ahead of the one-year anniversary of the earthquake.

 

Warmly,
Britt Lake + the GlobalGiving Team

Biblio-burro from Corporacion Grupo Randi Randi
Biblio-burro from Corporacion Grupo Randi Randi
All Hands Volunteers rebuilding a home
All Hands Volunteers rebuilding a home
Photo by All Hands Volunteer
Photo by All Hands Volunteer

On April 16, 2016, a 7.8 earthquake struck the northern coast of  Ecuador claiming the lives of 654 people and the destruction of countless homes and buildings. As we approach the anniversary of the disaster, it’s important to reflect on the great work our partners have accomplished and continue to do on the ground. Thanks to your generous donations, our partners were able to lend a helping hand in the ongoing restoration of the Ecuadorian community.

During the aftermath of the earthquake, the YACHANA Foundation centered their emergency response around providing training courses for youth ages 18-24 in construction skills such as masonry, electricity, and carpentry, for the purpose of rebuilding damaged areas. The Foundation hosted courses at the Yachana facilities in which provided housing and free tuition for the young men from affected areas. They were able to focus on three projects, the substructure of a deck, the construction of concrete steps and the construction of a washing area. These projects were able to help the men develop keys skills that they can apply to the work needed in their communities. Take a look at YACHANA’s project, Rebuilding the Future In Coastal Ecuador, to track their progress.

The rehabilitation efforts continue to be a high priority for IsraAID as they create long-term recovery strategies in earthquake-affected communities. So far the project, Emergency Response to the Ecuador Earthquake, has implemented safe water programs that have provided thousand of people with clean water. IsraAID has also given over 1,800 people psychosocial support and nearly 800 people with medical assistance. However, their work doesn’t stop there.  They distributed hygiene kits assisting 1,000 people, back to school supplies to children, and protection kits to women in the refugee site of Maria Auxiliadora.

All Hands Volunteers immediately responded to the disaster by setting up 31 temporary shelters in order to provide a safe and accommodating place for displaced families. For long-term solutions, they selected 30 families affected by the earthquake and constructed 30 homes from the ground up by using sustainable resources like bamboo to stabilize homes and prevent damage from future disasters.

After the earthquake, Israel Foundation - CDC Community Development Center established their recovery efforts in Bahia de Caraquez located in the province of Manabi, to promote micro-economic development and equip families with entrepreneurial skills. In October, the Israel Foundation celebrated the opening of the CDC Community Development Center in Leonidas Plaza where the population was highly impacted by the disaster. During the opening, the organization hosted a workshop where the community worked in teams of 10 to create banners and share their themes. There were also fun activities for the children to participate in such as face painting and creating Christmas crafts. The event was able to unite the community and increase engagement.

Volunteers for Interamerican Development Assistance remains committed to filling containers with medical supplies and equipment to the Guayaquil hospital system. They were able to assist doctors and medical staff with the necessary tools to provide coverage to those affected by the earthquake.

There has been tremendous improvements in the recovery efforts in Ecuador and none of it would’ve been possible without your donations! To continue supporting our partners visit the Ecuador Earthquake Relief Fund.

Photo by YACHANA
Photo by YACHANA
Photo by IsraAID
Photo by IsraAID
IsraAID
IsraAID

In the month since a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador, more than 1,300 donors like you have stepped forward to support immediate relief and long-term recovery efforts through this fund.

Thanks to that generous support, we’re pleased to share how seven vetted, high-impact GlobalGiving partners are responding to the earthquake. Here’s how your donation is already making an impact in Ecuador:

YACHANA Foundation is training youth ages 18-24 in masonry, carpentry, wiring, and welding to provide job skills to the community and assist in rebuilding infrastructure damaged in the earthquake.

MAP International is distributing emergency health kits with enough supplies to treat 10,000 people for three months; delivering water, sanitation, and hygiene education programs; building latrines; and providing counseling to earthquake survivors.

IsraAID is conducting community psychosocial support, operating child-friendly spaces, and providing clean water solutions in earthquake-affected communities.

Fuel Relief Fund is distributing fuel so that earthquake-affected families can have safe water and the capacity to cook and care for household needs.

All Hands Volunteers is constructing temporary latrines and public washing areas in camps for earthquake survivors, as well as designing, purchasing, and building emergency shelters for displaced families.

Israel Foundation - CDC Community Development Center is providing immediate relief to earthquake survivors, including food, bottled water, hygiene supplies, blankets, and clothes.

Volunteers for Interamerican Development Assistance (VIDA) is shipping emergency supplies and equipment to the central hospital in Guayaquil and clinics in smaller earthquake-affected towns.

Stay tuned for stories in the coming months about the progress and impact of these and other organizations on the ground. Thank you once again for your generous support on behalf of earthquake survivors in Ecuador.

Warmly,
Britt Lake + the GlobalGiving Team

Fuel Relief Fund
Fuel Relief Fund
All Hands Volunteers coordinating relief work
All Hands Volunteers coordinating relief work

On Saturday evening, April 16 our team learned of the devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake that rocked Ecuador, causing 654 deaths and more than 27,000 injuries. Due to widespread damage to housing and infrastructure, more than 26,000 people have been relocated to temporary shelters.

In the hours that followed, we began reaching out to our nonprofit partners both in Ecuador and internationally, and launched this relief fund to support their work. To date eight GlobalGiving partners have begun relief efforts to assist survivors.

Your donation is already being put to use, supporting four organizations uniquely positioned to assist in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake:

  • Teams from All Hands Volunteers are removing and disposing of rubble, taking down unsafe buildings, and distributing health and shelter kits. They also plan to build temporary shelters and safe spaces for children. 
  • MAP International has airlifted enough emergency health kits and medicine into Ecuador to treat more than 80,000 survivors, as well as 250 water filters.
  • In Ecuador’s hardest-hit communities, many families do not have the fuel necessary to cook or boil water, which increases their risk of contracting waterborne diseases. Fuel Relief Fund is delivering free fuel to families to cover their household cooking, water purification, and lighting needs for one month. 
  • IsraAID has deployed its Emergency Relief Team to assist with relief efforts and the long-term response strategy. Their goals include delivering food and relief supplies, emergency medical assistance, and psychosocial support to the survivors of the quake, including the creation of child-friendly spaces.

In the coming weeks, we’ll share stories of how your donation is also funding Ecuador’s long-term recovery from the earthquake, led by locally driven nonprofits who are best-positioned to respond to the needs of their communities.

Thank you again for your generosity and joining a community of GlobalGivers committed to helping survivors recover.

Warmly,
Britt Lake + the GlobalGiving Team

P.S. Because you’ve generously supported disaster relief work on GlobalGiving, I’d like to invite you to a special event we’re holding on Wednesday, May 18th at 6pm EDT. “From the Front Lines: GlobalGiving Disaster Response Panel” will feature staff from our nonprofit partners who’ve responded to a range of disasters, including earthquakes in Japan, Ecuador, and Nepal, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and the Syrian refugee crisis. They’ll be sharing stories of their work and answering questions from attendees. You’re welcome to attend the panel either online or in-person at our Washington, D.C. office. Learn more about the event and RSVP today.

Fuel Relief Fund staff delivering fuel for heating
Fuel Relief Fund staff delivering fuel for heating
IsraAID staff meeting children affected by quake
IsraAID staff meeting children affected by quake
MAP Internatiomal supplies on their way to Ecuador
MAP Internatiomal supplies on their way to Ecuador
 

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