A devastating earthquake hit Ecuador on April 16 2016, devastating the infrastructure in the coastal canton of Pedernales and leaving some 5,000 people without shelter. Other priority needs included water and sanitation, non-food items, food assistance, child protection, education and early childhood care and development.
In the immediate aftermath, Care Canada and Plan International Canada prioritized food, water and sanitation, and adequate shelter for families who had lost their homes.
They provided clean drinking water and ensured access to functional sanitation facilities, as well as distributing hygiene kits. Affected women and girls received menstrual hygiene management materials to maintain dignity and safety. Community volunteers were given hygiene and sanitation training during the distribution of hygiene kits at community centres, to enable them to educate the wider affected population.
People whose homes were damaged or destroyed received materials for safe and secure temporary shelter, including tarps, tents, household items, and financial and technical support to rebuild or repair their houses.
Psychosocial support was offered to children and families dealing with the trauma caused by the disaster.