On April 16 th , a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Ecuador’s northern coast, near the city of Muisne.
Tremors were felt throughout the entire country as well, and into Colombia and Peru. However, Ecuador’s rural coastal areas have been the hardest-hit by the disaster, and have proved difficult to access for relief efforts.
There have been over 700 casualties reported since the day of the earthquake, rendering this the worst natural disaster the country has seen in more than 40 years. Aftershocks remained a concern in the days following the incident as well. In addition to the tragic number of deaths, at least 16,000 people have sustained injuries related to the earthquake.
Nearly 30,000 people have been displaced from their homes as a result. Access to basic necessities has been severely impaired; many are left without clean water sources or even government aid, as many of the more remote impacted areas are too dangerous for relief vehicles to navigate.
To combat this crisis, PEDAL for Change is raising money to purchase water filters to be personally delivered to areas affected by but left stranded due to the recent earthquake. Each filter costs $150;
PEDAL is hoping to purchase and deliver 500 of them as soon as possible.
If you would like to donate as an individual or as a group (class, organization, workplace, etc), please visit out youcaring campaign page at https://www.youcaring.com/survivors-of-the-ecuador-earthquake-557792
Any type of donation, large or small, is urgent and welcome. Thank you for your support–please check back for more updates as this project develops.