The Dirt Farmer Foundation's Campaign Ecuador Earthquake April 2016 - How You Can Help

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The death toll from Saturday April 16th., 2016 devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Ecuador has risen to 525 and could increase by many more, authorities in the country say. Figures given by officials for the number of people missing ranged from 231 to 1,700. Thousands of people have been left homeless, making them vulnerable to dirty drinking water and disease.

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Meanwhile a new 6.2 magnitude quake struck off the Ecuadorean coast on April 20th, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said. International aid groups have dispatched doctors and psychologists, and dogs trained to search for survivors. Workers are also setting up plants to clean drinking water.


  • CARE’s humanitarian workers on the ground in Ecuador are helping provide water, food and shelter. CARE is accepting donations to help with relief efforts. 

  • UNICEF has begun sending emergency supplies, including mosquito nets, to the affected areas. Donate to UNICEF hereUnicef has already delivered 20,000 water purification tablets to Pedernales, the coastal city worst affected by the earthquake, according to a release. The organization is working on the most urgent priorities, including preventing the spread of disease and protecting children separated from their families. The organization has asked for $1 million to meet the immediate needs of quake-affected children, and to continue to provide water and sanitation supplies to those in need. You can donate to Unicef’s efforts to provide children with sanitation here

The Ecuadorian Red Cross has more than 800 volunteers and staff deployed in coastal cities in search and rescue operations, to help those hurt by the quake. You can donate to the Red Cross’ search, rescue and health support efforts hereThe Ecuador Red Cross has teams on the ground providing first aid and searching for survivors.

  • World Vision is collecting donations to provide emergency disaster relief in Ecuador. Donate here or sponsor a childWorld Vision has deployed an emergency response staff to assist with aid distributions and is setting up shelters. 

  • The Ecuadorian Volunteers Association in suburban Naperville, Illinois, is also collecting funds for relief, President Graciela Chediak told the Chicago Tribune. Learn more about making a donation.

  • Global Shapers Quito has set up a crowdfunding page to help buy food, water, clothing, bedding and medicine for residents of Ecuador's Manabi province. Global Shapers, have launched a fund to help purchase and deliver emergency items, including blankets, canned food, mattresses and clean clothes. Donate here to support the youth bringing supplies to those in need.

  • Oxfam, a charity based in the United Kingdom, is sending emergency assistance teams and collecting donations for hygiene kits, clean water and washing facilities. Oxfam America is focusing on providing clean water, sanitation, and hygenic products. Oxfam said its first shipment of material providing safe drinking water would be sent on Wednesday

  • Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) will distribute emergency food kits and personal hygiene items to those who live close to the quake's epicenter. Donate to ADRA's Ecuador relief efforts here.

  • Samaritan's Purse has sent a disaster assistance response team to provide food, shelter and medical help. The charity is collecting donationsSamaritan's Purse  personnel are on the ground to help coordinate with churches and community officials. The groups says field hospital and medical staff will be arriving later this week.

World Food Program is providing food assistance to more than 5,000 families affected by the earthquake. The WFP is sending enough food to feed 8,000 of the most severely affected people

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said it would send shelter and mosquito nets in an airlift due within 48 hours

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