Rebuilding in Ecuador

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.
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The Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales

MSFS are working to help the people in any way possible

Here are some of the projects you can support today:
Community is getting some much needed aid

Thanks to your bountiful support, the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales have been faithfully serving the community of Limones, Ecuador. In one year, the missionaries have shared Christ’s light by Building new chapel buildings, providing food for the elderly, uplifting children through cultural programs, leading formation retreats, planting trees around the community and, performing the Sacraments.

Support for MSFS Seminarians

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.

Rooftop Water Tanks for Clean Drinking Water

MSFS priests hope to raise enough funds to supply three rooftop water tanks and purifiers for the community. Currently, the only water reservoir system is an old cistern, which provides no filtration or purification.

Development Center

This building has no running water, furniture, tables, or chairs–but it’s where the MSFS priests hold the programs they run for the people of Valdez Limones. Once the building is renovated and repaired, they’ll be able to serve more of the area’s desperately poor through faith formation classes, skill- and job-training classes, and more programs for disaffected youth.

Mission Outreach by Boat

The only way to reach these remote island villages is by boat. In order to bring the hope of the Gospel to everyone living in the Valdez Limones communities, the MSFS had to purchase 3 motorized boats. But gas and maintenance are increasingly expensive. You can help make the name and love of Jesus known by giving to the MSFS “boat fund” today!

7.8 Magnitude Earthquake

Ecuador earthquake ruins

Earthquake Leaves Over 650 Dead and More Helpless

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.

Ecuador earthquake damage
Ecuador earthquake effects
Ecuador earthquake aftermath

Learn More About Ecuador Charity Work