On 16 April evening, a massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit the coast of Ecuador that left hundreds killed and thousands injured. Buildings and roads have been destroyed and there have been over 160 aftershocks. The government has declared a national state of emergency.
World Vision has been implementing development work in Ecuador for over 30 years. After the quake, emergency response teams have been immediately deployed to the quake zone. World Vision’s initial response will focus on distributing hygiene kits, clean water, blankets and mosquito nets to survivors, as well as providing psychosocial support to families and children through Child Friendly Spaces.
World Vision Hong Kong has initially committed HK$780,000 to the response.Remarks: We are in close contact with World Vision Ecuador to monitor the situation of sponsored children of the Area Development Programmes supported by World Vision Hong Kong.