On 27 April 2016, Mayerli (12) stands in front of a washing line outside the temporary shelter constructed at the city bus terminal where she is living in Pedernales, Ecuador. Learn more about how the donations of UK supporters helped keep children and families safe after the earthquake.

Ecuador Earthquake

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What happened in Ecuador?

A huge earthquake struck Ecuador on 16 April 2016, killing 660 people and injuring over 4,600. As the largest disaster in the region since Haiti in 2010, the earthquake has directly affected 250,000 children. Around 33,000 people are still living in temporary shelters.

More than 560 schools were affected, leaving thousands upon thousands of children out of school. Homes, health centres and water systems were destroyed or damaged.

Watch: Young survivors describe the moment the Ecuador earthquake hit

How did my donation help children?

Thanks to our amazing supporters, Unicef UK raised over £180,000 to help children affected by the earthquakes, with donations still coming in. Unicef has been working for children in Ecuador for more than 40 years, and within hours of the earthquake we had airlifted critical supplies from our Supply Division in Copenhagen – the world’s largest humanitarian warehouse – and from our regional supply centre for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Our Unicef Ecuador colleagues worked closely with the government of Ecuador and humanitarian partners to help rebuild the lives of children across the earthquake-affected districts by:

  • providing clean water
  • installing 20 temporary learning centres for 20,000 children
  • providing psychological support
  • distributing 250,000 vitamin A capsules and kits to treat diarrhoea
  • providing 4,000 insecticide-treated mosquito nets to protect families from malaria.

We’re continuing to support children on the ground as Ecuador slowly recovers from the aftermath of the earthquake.

From all of us at Unicef UK, we’d like to say a huge thank you to the UK public for helping the children of Ecuador during the earthquake.

Help keep children safe when an emergency hits

When a disaster like the Ecuador earthquake strikes, Unicef staff are ready to respond rapidly to deliver life-saving food, medicine and water, education and protection services so children in danger get the help they need. We rely on money from our Children’s Emergency Fund to do this. And we rely on donations from the British public to keep the fund alive and enable us to respond to emergencies, whenever they come, and whatever their size.

On 3 May 2016, (back left) Caren Arteaga, her husband (back right) Henry Merchan, (front left) Deiker Merchan and (front right) Brittany Merchan pose for a portrait in the tent they are living in located in the official shelter of Portoviejo for people affected by the eathquake.

In May 2016, Caren Arteaga, her husband Henry and their children Deiker and Brittany sit in their tent in the Portoviejo shelter for people affected by the earthquake.

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