Earthquake in Ecuador
A look at the aftermath of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that shook Ecuador on April 16, 2016
A 7.8-magnitude earthquake that shook Ecuador on April 16, 2016, impacted areas where Heifer works. The earthquake had an epicenter about 16 miles from Muisne, where farmers are working to restore the mangroves and preserve local sustainable aquaculture (fishing) practices. It also affected Heifer communities in Manabi, Calceta and Fortaleza del Valle.
Heifer’s immediate efforts are focused on providing shelter, food, and water, but we will also work to rebuild irrigation systems, crop processing units, and safe structures—such as the aggregation center for a cocoa cooperative—to preserve crops and protect livelihoods. We plan to assist 900 families in Fortaleza del Valle and 300 families in Muisne. The work to restore infrastructure will benefit additonal families as well.