Active in Ecuador since 1963, we are focusing our recovery efforts on the two cities hit hardest by the earthquake, Pedernales and Portoviejo. Our main focus, as always, is vulnerable children.
On Saturday, April 16, a powerful earthquake in Ecuador left more than 663 people dead. There was heavy damage to hospitals, schools and homes, forcing 5,400 families into temporary shelters. A total of 350,000 people, including 250,000 children and adolescents, were in need of urgent relief.
Since the earthquake struck, more than 1,800 aftershocks have been reported. Nearly 80,000 people remain displaced from their homes, with nearly 30,000 people still living in shelters.
The main issues facing children and families center around the shelters, which are overcrowded and have poor sanitation and a lack of clean drinking water. As a result, the displaced families, especially the children, face an increased risk of diarrhea and mosquito-borne diseases such as the Zika virus. Furthermore, about 120,000 children remain with limited or no access to education.
What SOS Is Doing to Help