PLEASE NOTE: Donations made toward IRUSA’s Ecuador Humanitarian Aid fund in excess of the support requirements for this particular emergency may be used to support other important emergency or long-term work across the region.

On April 16, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Ecuador, crippling much of the country. Current estimates place more than 7,000 people injured, but 720,000 people across the region have been affected. Some 300 aftershocks have already rocked the coastal country, some as high as 6.1 on the Richter scale. The need for aid is dire.

In an ABC News report, President Rafael Correa said the cost of rebuilding would reach into the billions of dollars and the impact on the country’s fragile economy “could be huge.” As he met with survivors, many told him that their main concern: Where they could get clean water. Survivors, with no where to go, curled up on mattresses or plastic chairs next to the rubble of their homes. They are among the 25,000 people who have been rendered homeless—many are now in emergency shelters.

Islamic Relief is in close contact with local aid groups, and is finalizing emergency aid distribution plans. Your support is essential to seeing this through. Stand by the people of Ecuador as they work to rebuild.