The video above was used during active solicitation for donor support during the emergency.
On April 16, 2016, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Ecuador, crippling much of the country. Estimates placed more than 7,000 people injured, but 720,000 people across the region were affected. Some 300 aftershocks rocked the coastal country, some as high as 6.1 on the Richter scale. The need for aid was 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 were among the 25,000 people who have been rendered homeless—many were in emergency shelters.
Islamic Relief worked with Catholic Relief Services to provide an integrated emergency relief project to help those affected. Thank you to the donors and supporters who stood by the people of Ecuador as they worked to rebuild.