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Ecuador

Population:  15,868,396
Percent Below Poverty Line: 25.6%

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.

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

7.8 Magnitude Earthquake Leaves Over 650 Dead and More Helpless

Building destroyed by 7.8 magnitude earthquake - Ecuador Car destroyed by 7.8 magnitude earthquake - Ecuador Building destroyed by 7.8 magnitude earthquake - Ecuador

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?

Woman reacting to the 7.8 magnitude earthquake - Ecuador

Rescue of man trapped under building

Give NowThe long-term effects of the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Ecuador may not be fully known for years. Today we know that progress has been made. Some temporary shelters are still in use, but some buildings have been rebuilt, too. We want to help the people in Ecuador through this natural disaster and see them thriving on the other side. We do not want to let them lose hope, or lose Christ during this extremely vulnerable time. You can make an immediate difference in the rebuilding efforts. 

 

Will you join us today to continue rebuilding lives and hope in Ecuador?

Devastation in Ecuador after 7.8 magnitude earthquake - Ecuador Car destroyed by 7.8 magnitude earthquake - Ecuador Building unsafe after 7.8 magnitude earthquake - Ecuador Building destroyed by 7.8 magnitude earthquake - Ecuador

Regnum Christi and Fr. Francisco Heal the People of Ecuador

Fr. Francisco & Team at warehouse - Ecuador Fr. Francisco discussing operations with team - Ecuador 

Fr. Francisco Armengol, LC has sent out a call for help for the people he serves in Ecuador. Together with Regnum Christi members Fr. Francisco has asked for financial support in serving the people of Manta and the destroyed coastal cities. Since the earthquake hit on April 16, 2016 he has traveled from village to village delivering mattresses, food, water, mosquito spray, and medicine to the devastated coastal region in Ecuador. Fr. Francisco is on the ground with members of Regnum Christi assessing needs, and restlessly serving the people who have had their lives destroyed in a single minute. Many people lost their entire families during the earthquake. Fr. Francisco is helping to counsel them, and bring the hope and helping hands of Christ. He not only brings the necessary relief for their physical needs, but also their spiritual needs. 

Your immediate response to this mission will help the people of Ecuador heal.

Will you be a light of the world in Ecuador today?

Regnum Christi members filling a truck of relief supplies - Ecuador Regnum Christi members filling a truck of relief supplies - Ecuador

Regnum Christi Members Deliver Survival Needs

David Reinberg, RC pictured in orange hat, delivers supplies in Veneda and other Regnum Christi members deliver supplies in Pedernales and Portoviejo

Already the recipients of your generosity send their thanks! Still so much is needed in Ecuador! Words cannot begin to describe the gratitude people have for your generosity. Grocery stores in Quito are selling out of supplies because so many people are turning around and sending them to the costal region affected by the earthquake on April 16, 2016.

Watch this video to hear the thanks from locals in the state of Manabi.

Thanks to your immediate response 45 families - a total of 212 people - have been given psychological relief in addition to the disaster relief efforts around Ecuador.

Initial Meeting for Psychological  Evaluation - Ecuador Small Group Receiving Psychological  Relief - Ecuador Small Group Receiving Psychological  Relief - Ecuador

Psychological Relief Team - EcuadorRound the clock care in Canoa provides the individuals and families with psychological first-aid. Every other day Mass is celebrated for all at this refugee camp. Starting at eight in the morning psychological assistance sessions are offered to the suffering and continue on throughout the rest of the day.

During these sessions the volunteer psychologists are able to reveal heart-wrenching issues like abuse, anxiety, survivor’s guilt, denial, and the fear of more loss. It is an extremely emotional situation, not only for the refugees in the camp, but for the volunteers who are taking an emotional toll trying to help these victims of the earthquake as well.

 Disaster Relief Volunteers - Ecuador Locals receiving hot meals after earthquake - Ecuador Tent city - Ecuador 

These are not the only people needing care. More support is needed so they can extend their mission outside of Canoa. There are already 30 people on the waiting list to get into the camp for psychological care.

Not only are the psychological volunteers providing emotional relief; they are helping people rebuild their homes. They are truly doing the work of God! With your support not only will you be helping alleviate the trauma of the April 16, 2016 earthquake, but you will help these families and the little children rebuild their lives.

Keep checking back for updates as we receive them!

Building destroyed by 7.8 magnitude earthquake - Ecuador Car destroyed by 7.8 magnitude earthquake - Ecuador Building destroyed by 7.8 magnitude earthquake - Ecuador

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?

Woman reacting to the 7.8 magnitude earthquake - Ecuador

Rescue of man trapped under building

Give NowThe long-term effects of the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Ecuador may not be fully known for years. Today we know that progress has been made. Some temporary shelters are still in use, but some buildings have been rebuilt, too. We want to help the people in Ecuador through this natural disaster and see them thriving on the other side. We do not want to let them lose hope, or lose Christ during this extremely vulnerable time. You can make an immediate difference in the rebuilding efforts. 

 

Will you join us today to continue rebuilding lives and hope in Ecuador?

Devastation in Ecuador after 7.8 magnitude earthquake - Ecuador Car destroyed by 7.8 magnitude earthquake - Ecuador Building unsafe after 7.8 magnitude earthquake - Ecuador Building destroyed by 7.8 magnitude earthquake - Ecuador

Regnum Christi and Fr. Francisco Heal the People of Ecuador

Fr. Francisco & Team at warehouse - Ecuador Fr. Francisco discussing operations with team - Ecuador 

Fr. Francisco Armengol, LC has sent out a call for help for the people he serves in Ecuador. Together with Regnum Christi members Fr. Francisco has asked for financial support in serving the people of Manta and the destroyed coastal cities. Since the earthquake hit on April 16, 2016 he has traveled from village to village delivering mattresses, food, water, mosquito spray, and medicine to the devastated coastal region in Ecuador. Fr. Francisco is on the ground with members of Regnum Christi assessing needs, and restlessly serving the people who have had their lives destroyed in a single minute. Many people lost their entire families during the earthquake. Fr. Francisco is helping to counsel them, and bring the hope and helping hands of Christ. He not only brings the necessary relief for their physical needs, but also their spiritual needs. 

Your immediate response to this mission will help the people of Ecuador heal.

Will you be a light of the world in Ecuador today?

Regnum Christi members filling a truck of relief supplies - Ecuador Regnum Christi members filling a truck of relief supplies - Ecuador

Regnum Christi Members Deliver Survival Needs

David Reinberg, RC pictured in orange hat, delivers supplies in Veneda and other Regnum Christi members deliver supplies in Pedernales and Portoviejo

Already the recipients of your generosity send their thanks! Still so much is needed in Ecuador! Words cannot begin to describe the gratitude people have for your generosity. Grocery stores in Quito are selling out of supplies because so many people are turning around and sending them to the costal region affected by the earthquake on April 16, 2016.

Watch this video to hear the thanks from locals in the state of Manabi.

Thanks to your immediate response 45 families - a total of 212 people - have been given psychological relief in addition to the disaster relief efforts around Ecuador.

Initial Meeting for Psychological  Evaluation - Ecuador Small Group Receiving Psychological  Relief - Ecuador Small Group Receiving Psychological  Relief - Ecuador

Psychological Relief Team - EcuadorRound the clock care in Canoa provides the individuals and families with psychological first-aid. Every other day Mass is celebrated for all at this refugee camp. Starting at eight in the morning psychological assistance sessions are offered to the suffering and continue on throughout the rest of the day.

During these sessions the volunteer psychologists are able to reveal heart-wrenching issues like abuse, anxiety, survivor’s guilt, denial, and the fear of more loss. It is an extremely emotional situation, not only for the refugees in the camp, but for the volunteers who are taking an emotional toll trying to help these victims of the earthquake as well.

 Disaster Relief Volunteers - Ecuador Locals receiving hot meals after earthquake - Ecuador Tent city - Ecuador 

These are not the only people needing care. More support is needed so they can extend their mission outside of Canoa. There are already 30 people on the waiting list to get into the camp for psychological care.

Not only are the psychological volunteers providing emotional relief; they are helping people rebuild their homes. They are truly doing the work of God! With your support not only will you be helping alleviate the trauma of the April 16, 2016 earthquake, but you will help these families and the little children rebuild their lives.

Keep checking back for updates as we receive them!