The first phase of the earthquake response will reach 75,000 people, half of them children, in Manabi province. Plan International has worked in 150 communities in the province for more than 25 years, supporting the most marginalised and excluded groups.
Our humanitarian response teams are assessing the damage and identifying communities that are most in need of assistance.
Keeping children safe
During the first 90 days of the response, Plan International will distribute food, household items, blankets and mattresses, and kits for personal hygiene and purifying water. We will focus on keeping children safe and protected as a priority, setting up child-friendly spaces and temporary learning centres where girls, boys and adolescents can relax and take part in sports, music, art and other playful activities that will help them regain a sense of normality.
Donate to the Ecuador appeal“We know that children are going to be among the most affected by this disaster, so it is of the utmost importance to work quickly and efficiently to help girls and boys cope with the stress of what they’ve been through and give them the space to express themselves in a safe and secure environment,” said Rossana Viteri, country director of Plan International Ecuador.
The child-friendly spaces will also be used to provide training for parents on health and hygiene, sanitation, and safety, as well as security for their children. In addition, Plan International will support 11,000 pregnant women and 9,500 newborn babies in the first phase of the response.
We are also working to strengthen community-based child protection mechanisms that we have implemented among communities in Manabi in recent years.
Delivering aid effectively
“Plan International has a direct, face-to-face relationship with girls and boys in communities in Manabi. We know the families there as we have been working in this area for many years. We have a strong relationship with the people and this is helping us in effectively delivering aid,” said Ms Viteri.
Plan International is appealing for funds for to support earthquake-affected communities in Ecuador. The funds raised will be used for food assistance, child protection and education, among other measures.
“Children and adolescents are particularly vulnerable in emergency situations. We call on everybody to support the emergency response, to help ensure safety, protection and wellbeing of all girls, boys and young people,” added Viteri.