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On Saturday, April 16, 2016, the largest earthquake to hit Ecuador in decades rocked its central coast, leaving hundreds dead and thousands injured. Many people remain missing. Due to the remoteness of some of the villages impacted, the full scale of the disaster’s destruction may not be known for days or weeks.
What is known is that the widespread damage caused by the earthquake has left tens of thousands homeless, businesses and schools destroyed and many coastal villages reduced to rubble. Aid organizations in the United States are working alongside local groups in Ecuador and with the Ecuadorian government—which has mobilized its own emergency response efforts—to help assess the needs of impacted areas and to provide immediate assistance to earthquake victims.
For donors interested in supporting relief efforts, the organizations listed below have either teams or are collaborating with organizations already in place in Ecuador. These organizations also have a strong, established record of excellence in disaster-relief services.
|Organization||Address and tax ID number|
|Mercy Corps||45 S.W. Ankeny St|
Portland, OR 97204
|Oxfam America||226 Causeway St, 5th Fl|
Boston, MA 02114
|Save the Children||501 Kings Hwy E, Ste 400|
Fairfield, CT 06825
|United States Fund for UNICEF||Revenue Processing Department|
125 Maiden Lane, 11th Fl
New York, NY 10038
Long-term recovery after a major disaster event can take years, especially in poorer countries that lack resources and infrastructure. For more information about the phases of disaster recovery and a better understanding of how to provide long-term support, read: When to give: The four phases of disaster relief.