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Rebuilding in Ecuador

Population:  16,904,867
Percent Below Poverty Line: 21.5%

Ecuador, located on the coast of South America, straddles the equator. It is the largest banana producer and exporter in the world, and it holds the largest fishing city in the world, Manta. Ecuador was devastated by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake on April 16, 2016. It’s a country with much potential to rise out of the ashes, but currently needs our ongoing assistance for their continued rebuilding efforts. In 2020, we look forward to expanding our work with the poor in collaboration with the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales.

Explore the tabs below to learn more about our mission in Ecuador.

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Ecuador

Population:  16,904,867
Percent Below Poverty Line: 21.5%

Ecuador, located on the coast of South America, straddles the equator. It is the largest banana producer and exporter in the world, and it holds the largest fishing city in the world, Manta. Ecuador was devastated by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake on April 16, 2016. It’s a country with much potential to rise out of the ashes, but currently needs our ongoing assistance for their continued rebuilding efforts. In 2020, we look forward to expanding our work with the poor in collaboration with the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales.

Explore the tabs below to learn more about our mission in Ecuador.

Island Villages to Get Crucial Aid to Empower Poor in the Area

Children in Ecuador

Spearheaded by the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales, the poor island community of Valdez Limones is getting some much needed aid.

Valdez Limones is a cluster of 22 island villages off the northwestern coast of Ecuador. They’re only accessible by boat and were settled by former slaves in the 1800s. Because of its remote location, this cluster of villages still maintains a strong connection to African traditions.

Sadly, the legacy of slavery is still felt to this day. Slaves in Ecuador, as in the US, were rarely taught how to read and were given little or no assistance upon receiving their freedom. The newly-freed former slaves who settled Valdez Limones had very little when they came to the islands, and that poverty continues to this day.

MSFS priests on mission in Valdez Limones, Ecuador

Help is on the way.

In 2019, the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales (MSFS) sent a community of missionary priests to address the spiritual and material needs of the people at Valdez Limones. They’ve developed a practical, wide-reaching plan to help our brothers and sisters in Christ living in crushing poverty.

7.8 Magnitude Earthquake Leaves Over 650 Dead and More Helpless

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Ecuador earthquake aftermath

On April 16, 2016, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Ecuador devastating the coast region of the country, and aftershock was felt as far as the capital, Quito, 110 miles away. Homes were destroyed, and over 650 people were killed. The local police and firefighters worked relentlessly to find survivors. The earthquake put Ecuador in a state of emergency. Over 13,000 police and militia were deployed for recovery operations to serve their hurt, hungry, and now homeless, brothers and sisters. This crisis is unlike any they have seen since 1979! Your response is extremely urgent! With our immediate response they can have a thriving community again this year and we can prevent waiting years for reconstruction. This earthquake has displaced tens of thousands of families and injured over 16,000 in a single minute.

It is our duty as Christians to help our brothers and sisters in need. The people of Ecuador are still recovering from this natural disaster and need ongoing assistance to rebuild their homes, schools, and businesses, and to replace items that were lost or damaged by the quake. Your generosity is needed to help these efforts.

Will you help alleviate the suffering of families in Ecuador?

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