Appeal on Behalf of UNICEF - At Least 150,000 Children Affected by Ecuador Earthquake

A man holds a child next to a collapsed building caused by a 7.8 earthquake in Portoviejo, Ecuador, Sunday April 17, 2016. A magnitude-7.8 quake, the strongest since 1979, hit Ecuador flattening buildings, buckling highways along its Pacific coast and killing hundreds. Credit: AP Photo/Carlos Sacoto


At least 150,000 children are affected by the April 15 earthquake in Ecuador, according to initial UNICEF estimates.


Credit: ©UNICEF Ecuador/April 2016/Andrea Apolo

“We are in a race against time to protect children from disease and other risks common in such emergencies,” said Grant Leaity, UNICEF Representative in Ecuador.


Credit: ©UNICEF Ecuador/April 2016/Andrea Apolo

According to preliminary government reports, the earthquake damaged 119 schools, affecting 88,000 children. Some 805 buildings have been destroyed and 608 have been damaged. Two hospitals have entirely collapsed in Portoviejo and Chone.


Credit: ©UNICEF Ecuador/April 2016/Andrea Apolo

In some of the worst hit areas, mudslides are causing further damage to infrastructure and hindering access of relief teams and supplies. Some cities are still without full power and only 40 percent of communication lines are working.  


Credit: ©UNICEF Ecuador/April 2016/Andrea Apolo

“UNICEF is on the ground in Ecuador working to ensure the health and safety of children and their families following the earthquake on Saturday,” said Caryl M. Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. “We are particularly concerned about health, water and sanitation conditions in areas which are hotspots for Zika, Dengue, Malaria and Chikungunya and we are relying on the generosity of the American people to help us respond to the immediate needs.”
UNICEF teams are in Pedernales and Esmeraldas, two of the hardest hit areas, assessing children’s needs and coordinating the response.  
How to help:
For more information or to make a tax-deductible contribution to UNICEF’s relief efforts, please contact the U.S. Fund for UNICEF:
Toll free: 1-800-FOR-KIDS
Text: Text "Relief" to 864233 (UNICEF) to make a $10 donation
Mail: 125 Maiden Lane, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10038
As with any emergency, in the event that donations exceed anticipated needs, the U.S. Fund will redirect any excess funds to children in greatest need.

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