Giving hope to children earthquake victims in Canoa, Ecuador

For: Desarrollo y Autogestion and local community groups
Canoa, Manabí, Ecuador
Organizer: Rick Huber
Giving hope to children earthquake victims in Canoa, Ecuador (Desarrollo y Autogestion and local community groups)
of $20,000 goal
16% Complete
Raised by 21 donors

The Story

The 7.8 degree earthquake in Ecuador has affected hundreds of cities and towns along the coast.  I am raising funds to assist Canoa, a small fishing and beach town of 5,000, where 85% of the buildings have been destroyed, and which has been left isolated by the destruction of roads leading in and out:

Many of the victims and their livelihoods have been completely destroyed. With the state of emergency, schools have been suspended, and children and teens have no safe places to go during the day.  They are living with their families in makeshift shelters, sleeping on soccer fields, as bulldozers and rescue crews continue to search the rubble. 

Desarrollo y Autogestion, an Ecuadorian NGO with a strong track record in relief and development, has developed a program to benefit 150 children in Canoa in desperate need of help, to provide them with a safe place to go during the day where they can get the physical and emotional help they need.  Thanks for your support!  

For more information about Desarrollo y Autogestion, or to contact them directly, see

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 20, 2016

Posted on May 20, 2016

Good news! The program to provide a safe daytime space for education and recreation for children earthquake victims in Canoa is up and running, and thanks to the spark provided by donors on this website, the Ecuadorian NGO partner Desarrollo y Autogestion has managed to secure $6,000 in matching funds to help keep it going.  The town is slowly recovering but it will be a long time before residents can rebuild their lives and livelihoods, and schools have been suspended for the rest of the year, so this effort fills a very urgent need.  The recent aftershock, while not as damaging as the initial quake, underscored the vulnerability of the people in this region who are still reeling from the loss of friends, family, homes, incomes, and the destruction of their communities as they knew them. 

Volunteer teachers are being trained and facilitators are working with local families to enroll children and organize the supplies and spaces needed.  Cooperation agreements have been signed with the Ministry of Education, which is also supplying materials and books, but there is still a huge need for continued support.  Thank you again for your help, and for letting these kids know they are not forgotten. 

Posted on April 22, 2016

Posted on April 22, 2016

Desarrollo y Autogestion has identified a gap in the relief efforts which this fund will help to fill, namely providing children victims with a healthy and safe alternative until they can go back to school, which could be months.  It has organized a comprehensive program through which to channel the funds to the children of Canoa.  In their words: 

"Ecuadorians and people around the world have expressed their solidarity with the people in coastal Ecuador, providing food, medicine, water, etc., but there is a segment of the population which has been made especially vulnerable in this tragedy, specifically children and adolescents.  We urgently need to find ways to attend to children who have been left orphans, homeless and/or separated from their families, and attend to the needs of these children, providing food security, education, and protection, and finding ways to give them back their childhood, through safe places where they can play and learn in the midst of such destruction. 

Desarrollo y Autogestion, together with local stakeholders, is developing a program to attend to these children, using a methodology designed for post-emergency recovery situations. It is important to rebuild their trust, hope and desire to live, supporting not only their physical recovery but their emotional needs as well. 

In Canoa, this fund will help 150 boys and girls, in daily activities coordinated by facilitators, therapists and volunteers, allowing them to express their feelings through play, art, puppet shows, etc., along with food and school supplies. 

With your support we will: 
  • Purchase recreational and art materials
  • Train volunteer facilitators
  • Refer cases of orphans and homeless children to specialized agencies
  • Provide psychological counseling
Providing these services to 150 children for 60 days will cost approximately $20,700, or $2.30 per child per day.  Several local organizations have agreed to contribute their time and resources to this initiative.

Now is the time to show our support for Ecuador and its children and youth. 

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