“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea.”—Psalm 46:1–2
On April 16th, Ecuador experienced a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. As aftershocks continue to threaten, more than 500 lives have already been lost. Thousands of other people have been injured, and communities lie in ruins. Around half a million people have been directly affected by the earthquake in Ecuador.
On May 18th, the same region of Ecuador that was hit on April 16th experienced two more earthquakes measuring 6.7 and 6.8 in magnitude.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is working in collaboration with our partner the ACT (Action by Churches Together) Alliance to respond to this crisis, providing support to those suffering in the aftermath. Through ACT Alliance, 6,000 families in Ecuador will be supported with food security, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), community-based psychosocial support and non-food items.
As our immediate response takes shape, PDA is also preparing for long-term support for both Ecuador. Long after the initial wave of relief recedes, PDA will remain to accompany the people of Ecuador and Japan as they rebuild their lives, walking the road out of this chaos with hope.