50,000 euros for earthquake victims in Ecuador

10 June, 2016 [Global Care]

The recent earthquake in Ecuador devastated large parts of the country and claimed many lives. Knorr-Bremse Global Care is helping the survivors by supporting the reconstruction process with a donation of 50,000 euros.

On April 16, an earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale occurred in the north of Ecuador, followed by more than 800 aftershocks. It was the country’s worst natural disaster for 67 years. 130 people are still missing, and around 29,000 are being housed in temporary accommodation. A total of six provinces in the country are affected, with the greatest human suffering reported from Manabi and Esmeraldas, where between 60% and 80% of buildings have been completely destroyed, including schools and hospitals.

Despite this, there has been little reporting of the disaster in the media – and as a result the flow of urgently-needed financial support for the economically devastated country has been extremely slow. This was what lay behind the decision of the members of the charitable organization Knorr-Bremse Global Care to become involved in helping the victims in the crisis-hit regions by sending a donation of 50,000 euros to the aid organization World Vision.

World Vision has been active in Ecuador since 1979, and is currently running seven development projects in the earthquake area. The organization is particularly active in remote areas in which no other organizations operate.

The donation is being used to fund emergency measures such as provision of food, drinking water, tents and hygiene articles. The organization is also setting up emergency accommodation and creating child-friendly spaces for more than 2,000 children and young people.