On April 16, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake and violent aftershocks occurred in Ecuador destroying roads, bridges, and power supplies to the regions surrounding the Esmeraldas and Manabi province. The damage to the country’s infrastructure appears unprecedented, with over 20,000 people left without homes. The death toll reached 660; more than 2,500 people have been injured. In the Manabi province, 22,754 people moved into shelters and 16,185 households were destroyed or damaged.
Our teams are performing debris removal, demolition, community infrastructure, and camp improvement activities in the Esmeraldas and Manabi Provinces. In addition, we are building permanent, earthquake-resistant homes for families in San Miguel de Briceño, a community in the Manabi Province.
In partnership with the Ironman Foundation, Kahre and Race2Rebuild, we’ve launched a satellite base in Manta to build a SER community center. The center will provide a safe and uplifting space for over 500 hundred families, who’ve been displaced by the earthquake, to come together and receive job training, play sports, learn languages, and receive psychological support.
Through our Core Homes construction project, called “Manos a la Costa”, we are providing permanent, earthquake-resistant homes which include adequate living space and sanitation facilities.
David shares what it was like for him and his family as they experienced the earthquake. There are 11 family members total and they were all huddled under one roof.
All Hands Volunteers wored alongside the military to build a new home for Flora and her young disabled daughter after the earthquake in Ecuador destroyed their home.
After over 30 years of living in Rio Canoa, Ecuador, their lives were changed forever. Watch Maria and Roberto as they share their story of hardship and triumph as earthquake survivors.