Juntos con Ecuador
Organized by: Nuestro Ideal
April 18, 2016
Ecuador has had its strongest earthquake in decades and the death toll continued to rise as people left homeless hunkered down for another night outside in the dark. Much damage was reported in the cities of Manta, Portoviejo and Guayaquil, which are all several hundred kilometers (miles) from the epicenter of the quake that struck shortly after nightfall Saturday. But the loss of life seemed to be far worse in isolated, smaller towns closed to the center of the earthquake.
In Pedernales, a town of 40,000 near the epicenter, soldiers put up a field hospital in a stadium where hundreds of people prepared to sleep outside for a second straight night. Downed power cables snaked across the streets with no prospect of electricity being restored soon, making it unsafe for many to return to their homes.
We are working with the National Student Federation , who are sending their members throughout the region with supplies to be delivered directly to those most in need.