Ecuador earthquake

Thousands of families lost their homes due to the earthquake. Photographer: Marco Garro

On 16 April 2016, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the coastal area of Ecuador, killing more than 650 people, leaving more than 16,000 injured and thousands without a home. At least 150,000 children were affected.

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The coastal provinces of Manabí and Esmeraldas were hit hardest by the earthquake. While the SOS Children's Villages in the region remained undamaged, many families in the area were severely affected and required immediate assistance to cover their basic needs.

Our response

In the aftermath of the earthquake, SOS Children's Villages helped children and families by providing:
Emergency-icons-CFS-40x40-(1).jpg Child Friendly Spaces for children and adolescents in communities and emergency shelters
Family-reunification-(1).JPG Family reunification support for children who were separated from their parents
Emergency-icons-ict-corner-40x40-(3).jpg ICT Corners to help affected people and aid workers connect
PsychologicalHelp40x40-(1).jpg Psychological and social support for affected families
Medical-support40x40-(1).jpg Medical assistance in cooperation with the German medical group Medizinisches Katastrophen-Hilfswerk
Food-water-NF040x40-(1).jpg Supplies such as water, food, clothing and bedding for children and families in the communities of Portoviejo, Pedernales and Chamanga