Ecuador – 2016

20 April 2016
Earthquake in Ecuador

TOGETHER FOR ECUADOR – English and Spanish version (downloadable below)

After the tragedy occurred in the Andean country, the YMCA of Ecuador was immediately present by organizing an emergency response team and turning the YMCA centers in the towns of Santo Domingo and Portoviejo in emergency operation centers collecting donations and emergency supplies. YMCA staff and volunteers worked long hours to collect water, food, blankets, mattresses, first aid kits, and other emergency supplies receiving an overwhelming response from the community.

48 hours later, the YMCA had already distributed emergency supplies and support to more than 3,000 people in 6 communities throughout the affected area: Porto Viejo, Bahia, Manta, Pedernales, Jama and Santo Domingo.

In the short-term, groups of YMCA volunteers will continue coordinating their emergency response in collaboration with local authorities and other relief organizations as follow:

1) Continue collecting water, food, blankets, first aid kits, and other emergency supplies at YMCA centers and distribution in the affected areas.

2) Support operations and staffing of community shelters in coordination with local authorities.

3) Care for children in shelters as parents go out and look for their loved ones and/or support overall emergency and rescue efforts.

4) Support the evacuation of families in Pedernales, the most hard-hit community by the earthquake.

5) Convert the YMCA facilities in Santo Domingo into a temporary emergency shelter.

6) Coordinate with local police corporations to organize teams of volunteers to patrol streets as fears of looting spread in the six communities.

7) Join national and local authorities in the development of a long-term development and rebuilding plan.

Enclosed you will find communication outlining the current situation and the YMCA response in English and Spanish. (see below)

YMCA Ecuador extends its heartfelt gratitude to the YMCA family all around the world for the expressions of solidarity received in the hours after the earthquake.

Additional support is necessary to continue coordinating humanitarian aid to help the people of Ecuador.

The Latin American and Caribbean Alliance of YMCAs will receive donations on behalf of YMCA of Ecuador for their relief efforts as outlined above.

Donations can be made online at or by wire transfer to:

Beneficiary: Alianza Latinoamericana y del Caribe de ACJ AC
Bank: BBVA Bancomer, S.A.
Account Number: 0101079859
CLABE: 012180001010798594
Currency: USD

Please write “YMCA Ecuador relief efforts” in the reference section and a send copy of the wire transfer instruction to Antonio Merino at

Volunteer doctors, psychologists and rescue workers with previous experience in natural disasters and humanitarian aid are needed. In addition, we require support to connect the YMCA of Ecuador with organizations that distribute water purification tablets, portable desalination systems or portable water filter systems.

We thank the World Alliance of YMCAs for their immediate pledge in the aftermath of the earthquake and urge National Movements members of LACA to continue praying for the people of Ecuador and provide the moral and financial support needed to continue in our mission and amplify our work.

For additional information, questions, and expressions of solidarity please email and

We kindly request your support disseminating this information with the local YMCAs in the region.
19 April 2016
Earthquake in Ecuador

A devastating earthquake of a magnitude 7.8 in the Richter scale struck off the coastal area of Ecuador last Saturday. At least 272 lost their lives and more than 2,500 are reported injured according to government officials. The hardest-hit area was the Manabi Province where the YMCA of Porto Viejo is located.

Geomara Rodriguez, President of YMCA Ecuador, informed Saturday night that none of the YMCA staff and volunteers were injured. Nevertheless, YMCA Manabi suffered minor damage to its infrastructure.

As of Sunday morning, the local YMCAs of Ecuador rapidly became donation centers and aid is being distributed to the affected areas by air and ground transportation. YMCA Staff and volunteers will continue receiving donations and coordinating with the local authorities to support impacted areas.

The earthquake was also felt in areas of Colombia. Sunday night Alveiro Valencia, National General Secretary, reported that all local YMCA staff and volunteers were safe and none resulted injured.

Messages of solidarity may be sent to:

Jesús Ithurralde, General Secretary YMCA Uruguay:

Thank you,

Antonio Merino, General Secretary, Latin America and Caribbean Alliance of YMCAs

In Spanish

Terremoto en Ecuador

Un devastador terremoto de magnitud de 7.8 en la escala de Richter sacudió la zona costera de Ecuador el pasado sábado. Al menos 272 personas perdieron la vida y se reportan más de 2,500 heridos según fuentes oficiales. La zona más afectada fue la provincia de Manabí donde se encuentra la YMCA de Puerto Viejo.

Geomara Rodríguez, Presidenta de la ACJ-YMCA de Ecuador, informó la noche del sábado que ninguno de los empleados y voluntarios de YMCA resultaron heridos. Sin embargo, YMCA de Manabi sufrió daños menores en su infraestructura.

A partir del domingo por la mañana, las ACJs-YMCAs locales de Ecuador se convirtieron rápidamente en centros de recolección de donativos y la ayuda se esta distribuyendo a las zonas afectadas por tierra y aire. El personal y los voluntarios de ACJ-YMCA continuarán recibiendo donaciones y coordinando con las autoridades locales para apoyar las áreas afectadas.

El terremoto también se sintió en zonas de Colombia. Alveiro Valencia, Secretario General Nacional de Colombia, informó el domingo por la noche que todo el personal y voluntarios de las AJCs-YMCAs locales estaban a salvo y nadie resultó lesionado.

Mensajes de solidaridad pueden ser enviados a:
Geomara Rodríguez, Presidenta ACJ-YMCA Ecuador:



Message from the World YMCA

18 April 2016

We stand in support and prayer for Ecuador.

2016 is again seeing natural disasters having a huge magnitude on human suffering – and today we have woken to the news of Ecuador’s massive earthquake and life toll.

Wherever there are disasters like this, and seemingly so many others this year already, the YMCA stands together with them.

We stand in solidarity with our family and friends in the YMCA of Ecuador.

They are currently in a State of Emergency as the country comes to terms with this loss.

I am currently travelling in South America as part of a three week trip and I love this continent and these people. I know how they will be suffering in Ecuador and I ask you to join me in praying for them.
Johan Vilhelm Eltvik, Secretary General, World YMCA