There are many ways to donate and volunteer in the earthquake relief effort

Apr 25, 2016 | 0 comments

More than a week after the devastating earthquake, Ecuadorians have more and more ways to donate money and time to relief efforts. Below, are two lists of organizations who are delivering goods and services to the earthquake zone. Some also offer volunteer opportunities.

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Supplies loaded at the provincial building at Parque Calderon

The first list was compiled by CuencaHighLife, the second by expat Sandra Kirkpatrick and posted on social media outlets. It is posted unedited.

One group of Ecuador expats that is not involved in fundraising, is suggesting that expats 65 and over not collect their IVA refunds, donating it instead to recovery effort.

Keep in mind that the campaigns listed focus primarily on efforts known to expats, many of them are organized and run by expats. There are many more worthy organizations and campaigns working locally and nationally, organized by Ecuadorians, and many of these focus on volunteer opportunities. To learn more about these, check Jeanne’s Periodico feature on this website or follow local newspapers and television stations.

Organizations accepting donations
List 1

Azuay Food Bank (located next to Iglesia Turi)
Click here

Catholic Relief Services
Click here

Cruz Roja Ecuatoriano (Ecuador Red Cross)
Click here

World Vision Ecuador Earthquake Relief Fund
Click here

Hearts of Gold Earthquake Relief Fund
Click here

Azuay Province Prefectura
Accepting rice, canned food, bottled water, and clothing in good condition, at La Casa de la Provincia, corner Simon Bolivar and Tomás Ordoñez, west side of Parque San Blas.

Ecuador Finance Ministry
National and International donations deposited in the ministry’s bank account.
Click here

There are donation areas at all of Cuenca’s Supermaxi grocery stores.


List 2

1) CinterAndes – mobile surgical units

2) Cruz Roja Ecuador – Banco del pichincha Current account: 3462520104 Account Name: Emergency Fund Beneficiary: Ecuadorian Red Cross – Quito Ruc: 1791241746001 – This is the only account enabled by Ecuadorian red cross. It is requested not to pay attention to other alternate accounts that may be using the name of the institution

3) Life Straws…!/status/3 – 4/21 on the ground in Bahia de Caraquez —- 4/22 We currently have team of staff and partners in Ecuador that are managing logistics, partnerships, deliveries, monitoring and training. At the outset of the disaster, we had 30 LifeStraw Community purifiers in stock in Quito and we have used initial funds raised to deploy all of those units this week. 20 of them left in a convoy on Tuesday with our team in trucks sponsored by the Ministry of Agriculture. Several of the filters were installed in San Jacinto yesterday, after the team found a community that had not been receiving any other relief support and had no access to potable water. An additional 10 Community-sized filters are going out with Fundación Ceiba, a local NGO based in coastal Manabi. Their teams are being trained by our staff.

4) Water Bearers – – They just got another 200 filters delivered to Quito. Each filter is 50 and supplies 100 people clean/potable water…it’s a community filter.

5) All Hands…

6) Samaritan’s Purse – Our emergency field hospital is located in Chone, Ecuador. We also have other teams working to meet water and shelter needs as well. Edgerton and his team of 7 are working with Ecuador’s Ministry of Health doing what they can through local church partners and an emergency field hospital, but there are obstacles. The emergency field hospital will be set up on the grounds of Napoleon Davila Hospital in Chone

7) Daniela Carrillo – build 250 temporary ecological and save shelters for many families that are now homeless

8) This is a very professional and ethical organization. My husband drove in with them from GYE and they are set up in San Vicente. If any wants to donate money they are there for the long haul. I believe they will be helping with the rebuild as well. If anyone is in the area go and help.

9) Ecuador Cares We sent our second shipment of food, water, baby formula, diapers, and other needed material to the community of Portoviejo on Sunday. On Monday we have another shipment destined for Manta and Santo Domingo. We need funds to keep the supplies flowing. Each shipment is accompanied by residents from the stricken community so that the supplies get to those who need it most.

10) CINTERANDES / Taylor Brooke… – mobile surgical unit

11) Support Ecuador through Penn State

12) Purdue Ecuadorian Students

13) Virginia Tech for Ecuador

14) Melanie Valencia USFQ professor


16) Kelley King…



19) Sean Kelly – Jama: amongst the areas we drove through yesterday, Jama was one that especially evoked an emotion of sadness. This was a wonderful town that held in it some of the most original antique coastal style architecture and it has been completely devastated. Tent towns are along the road both north and south of the area and people are desperate for assistance. Some private relief groups have arrived and construction equipment has come in to begin clearing out the ruins to help stabilize the situation. We gave out the rations we had available but no matter what, you are left feeling like it isn’t enough. You naturally find yourself looking for one more thing in your pocket or in the car to give. I found a cough drop and managed to give it to a kid that would have been five or six. That smile pushes you further and leaves you wanting to get back and resupply as quickly as possible. Please continue to support. The relief effort is entering into the rebuild phase of necessity quickly and the country, the people need all the help they can get to make it successful.

20) UN TECHO PARA MI PAIS INC – TECHO is mobilizing over 600 Volunteers: To assess the needs “Post Earthquake Ecuador” in the affected areas- TECHO will Build- Transitional homes for families, victims of the earthquake with out shelter.*** In addition we are working with the Armed Forces to ensure safety of our volunteers, Cover insurance, transportation and food.TECHO- esta trabajando directamente con las Autoridades para mobilizar voluntarios a las zonas afectadas de una manera eficiente y organizada. TODOS los fondos recaudados son para ECUADOR!! Para que? 1) TECHO esta movilizando 600 voluntarios: para realizar el proceso de levantamiento de información para la necesidad de hogares “Encuesta Post Terremoto Ecuador”2) TECHO va a construir- Viviendas de Emergencia para las familias, victimas de el terremoto que estan sin hogar. **** Tambien estamos trabanjando con las Fuerzas Armadas, para garantizar la seguridad de los voluntarios, Cobertura de Seguro, transporte y alimentación.

21) – Bruce Schulte – paypal: – Hello. My company is Rep for Ecuador for Ubiquiti Networks. We have low-cost long distance (50Km+) mirowave links and WiFi. We are currently in Bahia de Caraquez and need support to get Telecoms and Internet up and running here and in hard-hit town of Canoa. We got Internet back up in San Clemente, Charapoto y Rocafuerte. Tonight Team Rubicon will have Internet at their base in San Jacinto thanks to our efforts.

We need donations. Please send to our paypal: or we can you can send via Kristine Ivarsdotter Banco de Pichincha. She is hosting in her home several dozens of Team Rubicon who are here. This is not a scam we can gladly put you in touch with Ubiquiti Networks and/or Kristine if you have your doubts. If you are reading this, you understand the importance of telecoms/Internet and rt now with the Earthquakes its almost impossible to make a phone call or SMS in many parts for the affected areas,…. Yr contribution will go towards cost of wholesale Itnernet bandwith cost for the the next 3 months. Then this will run by Mananet so it will be sustainable. Theres lots of water, clothes, cans of tuna arriving but if you want to do something with huge impact for little investment, please contribute.



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