On April 16, 2016, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck coastal Ecuador. The epicenter was along the Pacific coast in a sparsely populated region, but many towns in nearby areas were severely affected. Within a few days, the current death toll surpassed 525 people and over 4,000 people injured. These numbers are expected to rise as emergency workers continue rescue efforts, and there are still concerns about multiple aftershocks which have the potential to cause further damage. Initial briefings indicate that government and local agencies are actively engaged in search and rescue, tending to the health of residents (particularly trauma care), and providing emergency shelter.


Immediately following the earthquake, World Relief began reaching out to partners in Ecuador, including local churches in some of the most affected areas. While our local partners continue to assess how they will integrate their efforts into the overall response, World Relief has pledged to provide financial resources to ensure that our partners can meet the immediate and long-term needs of those affected by this tragedy.


Help World Relief support the work of our local partners in Ecuador by making a one-time financial gift, which will be directed to local churches and other partners on the ground who are deploying aid and development in the weeks and months to come. It will likely be years before this region of Ecuador fully recovers from the earthquake. But with your gift, you can stand with the vulnerable, helping World Relief provide short term aid and long-term development for the Ecuadorian people.

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(Top photo: AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)