A powerful magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Ecuador on April 17, 2016, at 6:58pm local time on Saturday, lasting for about a minute, and was centred approximately 105 miles north-west of the capital Quito. The death toll is in the hundreds and is expected to rise. More than 2,500 are reported to have been injured. The coastal province of Manabi (Ma-na-bi) was hardest hit. The cities of Manta, Portoviejo (Pohto-yeho) and Pedernales (Perder-nah-les), a tourist destination, saw the most devastation but damage was widespread throughout the country.

About CARE's Work in Ecuador

CARE has worked in Ecuador since 1962. 

CARE’s programs have focused on helping poor communities through health and sanitation, education, forestry and women’s empowerment programs. CARE’s past work in Ecuador has included an emergency response to severe floods in 2008.


CARE Women's Network Trip to Ecuador

In Ecuador, 8 out of 10 women have experienced some form of violence.


Ecuador earthquake: Over 700 aftershocks leave people in fear

QUITO—(April 29, 2016)-- After a massive earthquake that rocked Ecuador on April 16, more than 720,000 people are in need of immediate assistance. Over 700 aftershocks and a death toll rising to 659 have left people in fear.


Earthquake in Ecuador: Hope for survivors

One of the most powerful earthquakes caused severe destruction in Ecuador. But there is hope, because of people like Juan.
Jonel, 30 : “I was not afraid when the earthquake hit. I immediately felt that I needed to help.”


Earthquake in Ecuador: “The end of the world”

One minute seems to be enough to turn the world upside down. How a child witnessed the earthquake in Ecuador.


Ecuador quake: Displaced earthquake survivors at risk of Zika Virus; CARE providing clean water and shelter

QUITO (April 21, 2016) — After a powerful earthquake hit Ecuador on Saturday, CARE International is supporting affected survivors with water, emergency shelter and disease prevention.


Earthquake in Ecuador

Hundreds dead and death toll likely to rise

ATLANTA — (April 17, 2016) A powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Ecuador on Saturday killing more than 250 people and injuring hundreds more.  


Harvesting Water From Air

High in Ecuadorian cloud forest, CARE and Cola-Cola is testing a program to help families harvest water from the air for drinking and washing.

CARE Knows How to Make Fog Drinkable

High in the Ecuadorian cloud forest, CARE implemented a program to help families harvest water from the air for drinking and washing.