On 16 April 2016, the Pacific coast of Ecuador was hit by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake, the strongest in decades, killing over 500 women, men and children, injuring more than 4,600, and affecting the lives of half a million people. In collaboration with a number of UN partner agencies on the ground in Ecuador, UNV is ready to mobilize UN Volunteers with extensive experience in the field of emergency response and early recovery.
The United Nations has launched a Flash Appeal to frame the immediate humanitarian response by the UN and participating NGOs, in close coordination with and complementing the relief efforts of the Government of Ecuador. Under this plan, the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) in Ecuador and its partners will provide a highly targeted and time-bound response, focusing on immediate life-saving interventions and support to livelihood restoration for approximately 350,000 people.
Find out more about the UN's Flash Appeal Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) of the United Nations provides rapid initial funding for life-saving actions at the onset of emergencies and for poorly funded, essential humanitarian operations in protracted crises. This Fund is used for crises anywhere in the world. Find out more about the CERF and how to donate: