(For a Spanish version of this post, which includes more information for local assistance, click here.)
36 horas after the earthquake, the reported numbers are horrifying: 500 dead, 2,000 missing, and as many as 100,000 persons in need of aid. There are a number of efforts to collect aid: charities like the Red Cross and UNICEF; local groups, such as Voluntarios Unidos por Ecuador, and individual groups organized through Facebook and Twitter. If you are looking to contribute, your best options are the Spanish Red Cross and UNICEF. There is an official account for donations set up by the government, but bear in mind that Ecuador is one of the most corrupt countries in the world. The account information is located here (scroll down).
Volunteers working in the affected areas are asking all non-specialized individuals to stay away, and to channel their help efforts through the government’s food collection plans or the international charities that are already present in the disaster area.
Not registered on Charity Watch, nor do they publish transparency reports or financial statements on their web page. Their executive director has been spearheading a volunteer group that is assisting victims on-site at ground zero of the earthquake (Jama, Canoa).
Ayer llegamos a Jama pero lo entregado abastece por 2 días máximo. Por favor sigan donando en club Terranostra pic.twitter.com/G2huch4uRX
— Karla Morales (@KarlaMoralesR) April 19, 2016
How to help:
Spanish Red Cross
Press Release (in Spanish):
How to help:
Donations (in Spanish):
Press Release (In Spanish):
How to help:
Credit card or Paypal donations (worldwide):
https://www.unicefusa.org/donate/support-unicefs-earthquake-relief-efforts-ecuador/30257 (In English, donation is tax-deductible for US residents)
http://www.unicef.org.uk/landing-pages/donate-ecuador/ (In English, donation is tax-deductible for UK residents)
https://www.unicef.es/emergencia-ecuador (In Spanish)
(If you are donating from Spain, 75% of the first 150€ you donate are tax-deductible.)
Via SMS (from a Spanish mobile number):
— UNICEF ComitéEspañol (@unicef_es) April 18, 2016
Bank transfer (from anywhere in the world):
Let’s Build Hope
Together with the Guayaquil Chamber of Construction, a group of entrepreneurs, local institutions, and help from local communities we’ve developed a project called “Construyendo Esperanza” (Building Hope), designing and building container homes that will be used as either temporary or long-term housing for the victims.
Your donation will go towards:
– Site Preperation
– Living Essentials