2016 Ecuador Earthquake

Children in Ecuador are in crisis after the nation was it by its most devastating earthquake since 1979. The 7.8 magnitude earthquake has killed hundreds of people, flattened buildings, schools and hospitals, and separated children from their parents. Many children caught up in the chaos are extremely vulnerable.

Our teams are working around the clock to help keep children safe. Alongside the government and local authorities, we're ensuring families’ essential needs are met - such as food, shelter, electricity and hygiene. We also plan to set up safe spaces where children can play, learn and recover from the trauma of the earthquake. Once school reopen, we plan to distribute 1,500 school kits so that children can continue their education.

Read our Ecuador Earthquake Fact sheet

About Ecuador

From the Andes to the Galapagos Islands to the Amazon and the Pacific coast, Ecuador is a patchwork quilt of a country. Twenty-seven indigenous nationalities live here. Yet despite the country’s oil wealth, the majority of Ecuador’s people live in poverty, many on the margins of society.

About Our Work

Our program gives children a real chance to affect decisions that can give them a better education, protect them from harm and safeguard their rights. We provide practical services and work with government to bring about tangible, lasting change for children.

  • We work in the poorest communities of Guayas, El Oro and Esmeraldas provinces, where up to 65% of the population lives in poverty.
  • A vibrant children’s movement is having a real voice in shaping decisions; we support 65 children’s groups.
  • Our priority in Ecuador is making sure the poorest 10% of children get a better education and are protected from abuse.
  • In 2010, we helped 10,800 children.
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